Food bank grants seek to aid farmers and the hungry

The Second Harvest food bank received an additional $1.25 million appropriation in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The additional money comes with the specification that, whenever possible, the money should be used to purchase surplus dairy and protein products from Minnesota producers and processors to aid Minnesota farmers who are seeing reduced profits during the pandemic. The purchased surplus will then be distributed to families and Minnesotans in need of grocery supplies, as food banks experience increased demand. Second Harvest Food Banks has succeeded in large part due to their excellent community partnerships, and this appropriation is another example of the state putting Minnesota farmers and families first. This funding is a perfect example of collaboration happening in real time, and the Senate DFL fully supports the mission of Second Harvest while aiding farmers at the same time.