Over the past few weeks, the media and public focus has been on the budget, the government shutdown, the Affordable Care Act and the debt ceiling. One little-discussed piece of legislation is the Farm Bill, which expired on September 30--the same day as the budget did.
While most farming aspects of the bill are either part of mandatory spending or are authorized through the end of this calendar year, one are of immediate impact has been the food commodity program. This program supplies food pantries across the nation, including locally.
We can't control the timetables of congressional leaders or the president. We can however help our own. The food pantries are crying out for help with food donations. It is up to us to help these people in need.
Please spread the word about this dire situation!