St. Mary’s Food Bank thanks Congressman Matt Salmon for visiting us and advocating for efforts to end hunger. Rep. Salmon represents Arizona’s fifth congressional district which includes Apache Junction, Chandler, Gilbert, Queen Creek, and Mesa.
While touring our distribution center, Rep. Salmon was thanked for his support of the America Gives More Act currently set for approval during the upcoming session that would incentivize food donations from Arizona farmers, grocers, and food manufacturers.
The Congressman learned about the Food Bank’s role distributing commodities provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and how through advocacy efforts of the Feeding America network, $12 million was recently invested nationwide to purchase much-needed protein like the aptly-arrived pallets of canned salmon.
The Congressman also met with students in the Community Kitchen life and culinary-skills training program who make nearly 1,000 hot dinner meals served to children in afterschool programs through the Food Bank’s Kids Cafe. There, Rep. Salmon was briefed on child nutrition efforts and the Food Bank’s priority to streamline afterschool and summer programs as well as other innovative initiatives to feed hungry kids through the Child Nutrition Reauthorization to come before Congress next year.