Second Harvest Food Bank’s Statement On Release of the 2018 Senate Farm Bill

Late last week, the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee released its version of the 2018 Farm Bill, which presents an opportunity for the Senate to strengthen the national commitment to reducing hunger and support agriculture.

Second Harvest Food Bank applauds Committee leaders for working together to develop a bipartisan Farm Bill and avoid dramatic cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—a program that our food bank and network of partner programs has articulated the clear need for and accounted for the successes of.  Unfortunately, however, the legislation – as currently drafted – falls far short of making necessary investments in food assistance programs to help those in our communities facing hunger.

Through our daily work, we see firsthand the struggles facing families, seniors, veterans, and children in Northwest North Carolina when they are food insecure. We know that our collective effort to reduce hunger relies upon strong