December 15, 2010
Governor Bob McDonnell announced Wednesday that he will propose an amendment to the current biennial budget to provide an additional $500,000 in state funding for the Federation of Virginia Food Banks.
The money will support the Kids BackPack program that ensures nutritious meals for low-income children when school is not in session.
Speaking about the amendment, Governor McDonnell remarked, "During difficult times, like those we're facing today with high unemployment and economic uncertainty, more people rely on the assistance of food banks to feed their families. It's also during times like these that there is a decrease in donations and supplies are not readily available."
Leslie Van Horn, Executive Director of the Federation of
Virginia Food Banks, commented, "The food banks across the Commonwealth of Virginia continue to feel the impact of these economic times by the substantial increase in the number of people they are providing hope to. The funding Governor McDonnell proposes in next year's budget will impact hundreds of thousands of individuals."
Governor McDonnell supported the $1 million in the outgoing budget of then Governor Kaine for FY2010 during last year's session of the General Assembly. The money was used for the Emergency Food Purchase Program and resulted in the purchase of more than 2.6 million pounds of food from suppliers in Virginia, an equivalent of eight truckloads of food.