Chairman David Scott and Chairwoman Jahana Hayes Release Statement on USDA Funding for Food Insecurity and Food Bank Capacity

June 4, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON –House Agriculture Committee Chairman David Scott and Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations Chair Jahana Hayes issued the following statement in response to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) investing $1 billion to purchase healthy food for food insecure Americans and build food bank capacity:

“This announcement is yet another positive step as Secretary Tom Vilsack and his team at USDA roll out the provisions of the American Rescue Plan and our efforts to reduce food insecurity in America,” said Chairman David Scott. “I am particularly pleased to see the critical investment in $400 million that will support socially disadvantaged farmers at a local and regional level. These partnerships with farmers and food banks will ensure that the programs feeding communities are supporting their own local agricultural systems.”

Chairwoman Jahana Hayes added, “One of my primary missions as the Chair of the Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations is to work to eliminate hunger and food insecurity in this country. This announcement from USDA is key and showcases efforts that bolster food bank networks and improve the use of local food systems as necessary solutions to protect those who are food insecure and at the edges of a fragile economic recovery. I look forward to working with Secretary Vilsack and USDA as they implement this program, and we continue the fight against hunger.”

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Congresswoman Jahana Hayes sits on the Committees on Education & Labor and Agriculture and proudly represents Connecticut’s 5th District. She was a public school teacher in Connecticut for more than 15 years and was recognized in 2016 as the National Teacher of the Year.

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