Bill includes Chairwoman Stabenow’s provisions to fill gaps in the food supply chain, feed families in need, support farmers of color, and invest in rural hospitals
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today released the following statement regarding the food, agriculture, and rural provisions in the latest COVID-19 assistance package, which strengthens the food supply chain, addresses the hunger crisis, supports farmers of color, and invests in rural hospitals.
“We need to take bold action to get farmers, families, and rural communities the help they need to weather this crisis and come out stronger on the other end,” said Chairwoman Stabenow. “I partnered with my House colleagues to ensure the bill includes vital support to help families put food on the table, strengthen the food supply chain for farmers, provide critical support for farmers of color and fund rural hospitals.”
Chairwoman Stabenow worked with House Agriculture Committee Chairman David Scott and House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott to secure the following provisions in the bill, which:
Provides Food Assistance for Children, Families, and Seniors Facing Hunger
The bill addresses the hunger crisis for children, families, and seniors across the country. As many as 50 million Americans have not been able to feed themselves and their families and need continued support to put food on the table.
Strengthens the Food Supply Chain
Inspired by Chairwoman Stabenow’s bipartisan Food Supply Protection Act, the bill responds to the COVID-19 disruptions in the food supply chain and makes long-term investments to increase the resiliency of the food supply in the future.
Supports Farmers of Color
Inspired by the Emergency Relief for Farmers of Color Act, introduced by U.S. Senators Raphael Warnock, Cory Booker, and Ben Ray Luján, the bill provides assistance to farmers of color who have faced decades of discrimination in agriculture and have seen disproportionate impacts from the pandemic.
Invests in Rural Hospitals
Many rural hospitals faced significant financial challenges even before the pandemic. Today they are in dire financial straits. The bill provides important relief to rural hospitals by providing them with grants.