Congressman Vargas Fights to Stamp Out Hunger

Washington, DC - Congressman Juan Vargas (CA-51), a longtime advocate of eliminating hunger, requested funding from the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies for several federal programs that combat nutrition deficiency for children, seniors, and families.

“Hunger deserves no place in our great nation,” said. Congressman Vargas.  “Combating nutrition deficiency for our children, seniors, and families is of utmost importance to me and I will continue fighting until no person feels the pangs of hunger.”

The letters submitted by Congressman Vargas to the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture included funding requests for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) to help food banks and emergency feeding agencies with the rising costs of storing, transporting, and distributing foods to the needy and grants to help schools expand access to school breakfast for eligible low-income children.  Vargas also sent letters requesting funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), a critical nutrition program that delivers food primarily to seniors, mothers and children.

“Programs that help our seniors, mothers and children access nutritious meals are crucial,” said Congressman Vargas.  “We must ensure that our families are not agonizing over where their next meal will come from and that facilities, such as food banks, have the necessary resources to assist those in need.”

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