Governor JB Pritzker recently made a big announcement about food banks in Illinois...
Governor JB Pritzker recently signed HB2879 into law, which establishes the Illinois Farm to Food Bank Program to increase resources for food bank systems across the state while also supporting local farmers in Illinois.
According to a statement by the Governor, the legislation establishes mechanisms for acquiring and distributing fresh fruits and vegetables, meat and poultry, dairy products, and eggs to organizations that provide free food to those in need.
"Illinois farmers are producing some of the finest food in the country, and now that produce, dairy, and meat can go directly to Illinoisans struggling with food insecurity," said Governor JB Pritzker. "It's good for our farmers' bottom line, it's good for those in need, and it's good for our state—a win for everyone in Illinois."
"Illinois' number one industry is agriculture, and we are building the vision that ensures every community can benefit from the bounty our state produces," said Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton. "The Farm to Foodbank Program provides a pathway to do just that. Through this bill, we will lead in expanding resources for our food banks, and ensuring that our communities can access healthy, fresh foods. In Illinois, we will continue to advocate for those in need and bolster the connections between our farms and families' kitchen tables."
"No one should go hungry in our great state," said IDHS Secretary Grace B. Hou. "By expanding the Illinois Farm to Food Bank Program, we can ensure that more fresh and nutritious food reaches those who need it the most. This program will not only help address food insecurity but also support our local farmers and strengthen our communities."
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