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October 9, 2020

Dear Friend,

I want to tell you about a bill I just introduced that will help reduce food insecurity in our community and across America. It’s called the Food Deserts Act (HR 8531) -- named for the neighborhoods where access to healthy and affordable foods is lacking, known as food deserts. 

Over 29 million people -- almost 10 percent of the U.S. population -- live without ready access to affordable, nutritious food, and over 2 million people have no transportation to get to their nearest store. 

My bill would create U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funding for state operated revolving funds that will issue low interest loans for the operation of grocery stores in food deserts. The bill ensures that recipients of these loans, including for-profit, non-profit and municipal entities, can provide affordable, healthy food, including fresh produce and staples like milk, bread and meat. It will also ensure that USDA professionals are available to provide technical assistance to recipients who need it. 

In other words, this bill will help bring more locally-owned grocery stores to communities that need them, and strengthen the ones that have already set up shop. 

Nutritious food should never be a luxury -- especially in the wealthiest nation in the world. However, for too long, this has not been the case for 1 in 5 Americans living in food deserts, and the COVID-19 crisis is only making this situation worse.

My bill provides a common-sense, yet bold solution to this nationwide problem. I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support it so we can get it passed as quickly as possible. 

 

Your Friend,

André

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