The “Food Supply Protection Act” introduced by the Senate Agriculture Committee’s Democratic members would provide protective equipment for farm workers and workers working in small to medium-sized processing plants, and expand anti-hunger efforts.
Food supply protection
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, says, “The COVID-19 crisis has strained the resilience of the food supply system of our country, causing a ripple impact that impacts our communities, producers and workers, helping to improve our food supplies by redirecting food to households and helping growers and processors reorganize their operations.”
The bill would be to:
Supporting food banks and non-profits to help increase their capacity and cope with increasing demand. The bill would include funding for facilities that can be used for extra cold storage and refrigeration, travel, personal protection devices, maintenance costs and other industrial and neighborhood facilities use.
Strengthen alliances with foods to reduce food loss and feed households. The bill will support new partnerships through grants and reimbursements to make excess food purchases. Also to increase donations to food banks, schools and nonprofits. These alliances will promote new collaborations between chefs and restaurants, and concentrate on urban neighborhood issues and also imaginative approaches. They will enable a variety of purchases and include many areas and products out of the current food box program of the USDA. To ensure that more people in need and farmers of all sizes and also types can access support.
Protect workers and retool food processors to small and medium size. The bill would encourage renovation of facilities, temporary cold storage. Also purchasing personal safety gear and test kits, and cleaning by grants , loans, and loan guarantees. This investment would help producers and small to medium-sized food processors support their staff. To also allow them to prepare for emerging opportunities. So that they can expand operations and reduce supply chain bottlenecks.