The USDA says it will be investing up to $1 billion into the Emergency Food Assistance Program to help support and expand the emergency food network. The goal is to help food banks and local organizations serve their communities more reliably when the need arises.

USDA will enter into cooperative agreements with state, tribal, and local entities to be more efficient in purchasing food from local producers and investing in infrastructure that enables partner organizations to reach underserved communities more effectively.

National Farmers Union is pleased with the USDA announcement. NFU President Rob Larew said no one should have to worry about where their next meal might come from.

“It doesn’t need to be that way,” he said. “Family farmers and ranchers work hard to feed their communities, and there is more than enough food to go around.” The organization says by strengthening the nutrition safety net, the administration’s initiative would help mitigate any hunger crisis in America.

“It would also give our farmers more options for distributing the food they grow,” Larew says.

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