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Sec. Perdue Tours West Michigan Food Bank

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton and Sec. Sonny Perdue at Loaves and Fishes in Kalamazoo. Photo: Ashley Davenport
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton and Sec. Sonny Perdue at Loaves and Fishes in Kalamazoo. Photo: Ashley Davenport

Sec. Perdue was in West Michigan last week, visiting the Loaves and Fishes in Kalamazoo.

He stopped at the food bank to see how Kalamazoo County was benefitting from the Farmers To Families Food Box program. More than 800 families in the county have been served by the program.

“We’re very proud of the program how it got off in three weeks,” he said. “In Congress, this is almost unheard of—a $3 billion program and no protests. I think that was due to the wholesomeness of the intention of the program.”

Perdue said the program had to be done quickly.

“Not perfectly,” he admitted. “We thought perfect was the enemy of the good. It wouldn’t do any good if we’d waited another 12 or 18 months while people went hungry.”

The third tranche of the program will be designed towards charitable organizations. Distribution will begin September 1.

“[We’re] making sure that the people truly in need get the food to use,” said Perdue.

So far more than 46 million boxes have been delivered.