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Congressman Arrington visits the South Plains Food Bank

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Congressman Jodey Arrington toured the South Plains Food Bank to better understand its operations, meet its board and the families it serves.

Congressman Arrington is on the Farm Bill Conference Committee and directly responsible for USDA's food insecurity and SNAP programs.

He said those make up the largest percentage of the Farm Bill's budget and said that he has a simple plan going into committee hearings next week.

"I think I would just strive to meet that objective and that balance of a safety net for those who need it and requiring work for those capable of working. I think that's the balance we were trying to strike and I think we did a pretty good job of that in the House bill they didn't even attempt it in the senate," Congressman Arrington said.

David Weaver, the food bank's CEO, said there are some proposals in the farm bill he likes, but some they disagree on.

"We want a Farm Bill that is good for our area economy and for producers across the country, but we also want to make sure that families that are struggling to feed themselves families that are food insecure have access to the food that they need to take care of their families," Weaver said. 

Congressman Arrington said he approves of the food bank's new "commodity supplemental food program."

It focuses on the senior population who struggle to pay for both medical bills and proper nutrition.

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