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Wisconsin Ag Department and Governor Evers Announce Investment in State's Hunger Relief Organizations

Saturday, December 11th, 2021 -- 9:00 AM

(Wisconsin Ag Connection) The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture joined Gov. Tony Evers on Thursday in announcing a yearlong investment of $30 million in the state's two largest hunger relief organizations.

According to the Wisconsin Ag Connection, the move brings the state's total investment in food security to $55 million over the course of the pandemic. "In a state that grows some of the finest products in the world, no kid or family should go hungry," said Gov. Evers. "As the pandemic continues to affect food security, this investment will help increase access to locally grown and processed food across our state so we can keep working together to ensure every Wisconsin family has food on the table and shelves are stocked."

The funds will be used to ensure food-insecure residents in rural communities, urban centers, Tribal Nations, and all other areas of the state. Each feeding organization will be eligible for $15 million to purchase food resources and may use up to $5 million to invest in storage, distribution, and cover transportation costs.

Last year, a similar program called the Food Security Initiative invested $25 million in federal stimulus money to help feed Wisconsinites in need.

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