On Wednesday, Senator Debbie Stabenow introduced legislation to help protect the food supply after the COVID-19 crisis has put an unprecedented strain on farmers, workers, food banks and families. The Ranking Democrat on the Senate Ag Committee, said the Food Supply Protection Act will support food banks and non-profits to help increase their capacity and address growing demand.
The bill will provide infrastructure grants that can be used for additional cold storage and refrigeration, transportation, personal protective equipment, rental costs and additional use of commercial and community infrastructure. Further, Stabenow said the bill will strengthen food partnerships to prevent food waste and feed families through grants and reimbursements.
Additionally, the bill will use grants, loans and reimbursements to protect workers and retool small and medium sized food processors.
The bill is supported by more than 40 food and agriculture groups, including Feeding America, the National Farmers Union and the United Farm Workers Union.
Click Here to read the Food Supply Protection Act.
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