Biden Urged to Improve Food Box Program, Continue Aid for Hungry

March 5, 2021, 11:00 AM

Food bank operators and lawmakers are pushing President Joe Biden’s administration for systematic changes to the federal food box program to help feed hungry Americans during the coronavirus pandemic.

Nonprofit leaders also foresee a future need for continued government assistance, even when the nation finally recovers from Covid-19.

“The nationwide network of food banks really are dependent upon government food right now,” said Pamela Irvine, president and CEO of Feeding Southwest Virginia.

Her nonprofit has received about 1 million pounds of food through the Farmers to Families Food Box program—an Agriculture Department initiative that buys and distributes boxes of produce,...

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