November 1, 2011
Statement Attributable to Vicki Escarra, President and CEO of Feeding America

"Feeding America applauds the U.S. Senate for today's passage of the Agriculture Appropriations bill. The bill passed by the Senate is a marked improvement over the House-passed bill, which contained deep cuts to programs providing essential nutrition assistance to low-income seniors, expectant mothers, infants, children and struggling families.

The need for food assistance has increased dramatically during the prolonged and severe recession. Hunger hits every state and county in America, with one in six people facing food insecurity. With continued high unemployment – currently above 9 percent nationally – rising food and gas prices and a decline in private food donations, that need is expected to continue to remain high for several years to come and strong federal nutrition assistance programs will continue to be essential to meeting that need.

"We thank the U.S. Senate for protecting funding for hunger-relief programs. As the House and Senate work to reconcile the differences in their funding levels, we urge the conferees to adopt the funding levels for nutrition assistance programs contained in the Senate-passed substitute of the FY2012 Agriculture Appropriations legislation (H.R. 2112)."


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The ConAgra Foods Foundation, through its Nourish Today, Flourish Tomorrow platform, is dedicated to raising awareness of the nearly 17 million children in America who are at risk of hunger and don't have enough food to live active, healthful lives. It aggressively pursues sustainable solutions in the fight against child hunger. And the Foundation is committed to building a community of people who are passionate about ensuring that all kids have access to the food and facts they need to eat nutritiously while living balanced lifestyles and succeeding in school and life. ConAgra Foods Foundation invests in national and local partnerships with high-impact, not-for-profit organizations, such as Feeding America, that take an innovative approach to addressing needs in the core areas of hunger and nutrition education. For more information, please visit or The ConAgra Foods Foundation is funded solely by ConAgra Foods (NYSE: CAG).

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