Farm Bill Can Affect Food Bank

Area farmers are not the only ones pulling for quick passage of the farm bill. The High Plains Food Bank is anxious to bring home an extra ten million dollars the bill would provide to help feed the hungry next year.

That's what the bank's executive director, Janie Singleton tells NewsChannel 10. The bank feeds more than 200,000 people in the Texas panhandle a month. So far the farm bill back up has their hands tied for next year.

"Everything's kind of on hold and we won't be getting all of our bonus or additional funding or anything else until that farm bill is passed. It just has to be passed by March 1st."

Singleton says delaying the farm bill further could quickly clear the food bank shelves, and leave supplies at record low levels seen just a few months ago. That's a shortage Singleton hopes she'll never see again.