This week I joined with area faith leaders and volunteers to tour St. Paul's Episcopal Church food pantry and to meet with many in line, waiting for groceries to feed their families.
Although this is not the first time I have visited the pantry, it is always a moving experience. The good work they do there and the hundreds they serve every week is a reminder of the work that remains to be done.
Leaders also wanted to discuss the passage of a Farm Bill, something I have continued to push for, and have for many months. Their concern mirrors mine: that the effort to feed the hungry could be greatly impacted if a comprehensive and complete Farm Bill is not passed soon.
I agree and will continue working toward this end. It will serve both rural and urban areas.
St. Paul's pantry serves hundreds of people every week, including children and the elderly. Their ability, as well as that of many other local organizations, to provide secondary food assistance is heavily dependent on resources provided by state and federal food programs. These programs, in turn, depend on components of the Farm Bill.
The current Farm Bill expires on September 30th.