Saturday, November 24, 2007

Farm Bill Would Help the Hungry

The farm bill is stalled in the Senate, but many are still hopeful it will pass soon, especially food bank operators:

The Central Illinois Food Bank could see an increase in food donations - particularly meat, fruits and vegetables - from the U.S. government if the federal farm bill is passed, officials said Wednesday.

Meanwhile, families over central Illinois are having trouble making ends meet and putting food on the table as a result of higher gas prices, hikes in utility costs and other rising expenses.

"For a lot of us, Thanksgiving is going to be a day of celebration with our families and good times and relaxation and more food than we know what to do with. We'll eat more than we should, which is another American tradition," U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said.

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