The Texas Governor’s directive to cut state agency budgets, in particular the deep cut to the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Surplus Agricultural Product Grant Program will result in harmful consequences to farmers who produce healthy foods and struggling families who rely on these foods from food banks across the state. This cut only serves to exacerbate the current health and economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
El Pasoans Fighting Hunger response: “The El Paso community will lose nearly $63,000 in funding which translates to 500,000 pounds of healthy food,” said Susan Goodell, CEO of El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank. “This is a critical time for struggling families and the end of this health and economic crisis is nowhere in sight. El Paso has seen a recent surge in positive cases and keeping our neighbors fed with nutrient-rich foods while also supporting our farming communities should be supported by our state leaders. This is really the worst time for a cut like this to a program that has proven itself to be win-win for food banks, farmers and the families who rely on whole, nutritious food it delivers to them.”