Stabenow proposes Food Supply Protection Act
May 28, 2020 By Larry Lee Filed Under: 2020 Events, COVID-19, Michigan, News
The Senate Ag Committee’s top Democrat has introduced new legislation aimed at protecting the food supply chain. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan says her Food Supply Protection Act would strengthen the food supply by redirecting food to families and helping farmers and processors retool their operations.
includes grants, loans, and loan guarantees to help farmers and small to medium
sized processors upgrade and help them cater to new markets, such as shifting
from a bulk foodservice product to retail packaging. Stabenow also says her bill would include
products and services left out of the current USDA food box program.
the bill would help fill the gaps in the broken food supply chain, reduce food
waste, and help farmers, workers, processors, food banks, and families in need. That includes infrastructure grants for
refrigeration, transportation, and personal protective equipment. The bill also calls for grants and
reimbursements to purchase excess food for food banks, schools, and nonprofit
Stabenow’s Food Supply Protection Act has several Democratic co-sponsors including Minority Leader Charles Schumer, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith from Minnesota, and Dick Durbin from Illinois.
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