Feeding America Statement on the Nomination of Former Gov. Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture

January 19, 2017

Attributed to Diana Aviv, CEO of Feeding America

“Feeding America congratulates former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue on his nomination as Secretary of Agriculture. It is our sincere hope that as Agriculture Secretary Mr. Perdue will prioritize combating hunger, an issue that affects families in every single county in America. With more than 42 million Americans struggling with food insecurity, it is clear that the lack of consistent access to food is an uphill battle for far too many children and families.

“We look forward to working with Mr. Perdue and urge him to support a Farm Bill Reauthorization that strengthens vital federal nutrition programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which connects millions of families with resources to purchase supplemental food, and The Emergency Food Assistance Program, which provides U.S. grown commodities to low income Americans through food banks and other emergency feeding organizations. The USDA has a strong tradition not only of effectively administering federal nutrition programs, but in pursuing policies that help strengthen rural communities nationwide, an issue that also heavily impacts food-insecure Americans.

“While the Feeding America network of 200 food banks and the 60,000 food pantries and meal programs they serve across the country play a vital role in connecting families facing hunger with the resources they need, they cannot reach every American who struggles with hunger without strong support from our government leaders. We look forward to working with Mr. Perdue to highlight the strong impact the federal nutrition safety net, the private sector, and charities have in addressing hunger, and on policies that would help strengthen this vital public-private partnership.”


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About Feeding America

Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 40 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.