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Release No.STELPRD4021482
ContactGreg Batson(573) 876-9304
(JUNE 5, 2013) RURAL DEVELOPMENT FUNDS RESPONSE TO HUNGER
Butler, MO, Jun 05, 2013 --

@@Rural Development State Director Anita J. (Janie) Dunning today announced a Community Facility Loan of $182,000 and a Community Facility Grant of $5,000 to the Community Food Pantry of Butler. Loan funds will be used to purchase a building to house the Food Pantry’s Thrift Shop and the grant funds will be used to purchase equipment for the Thrift Shop building. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) remains focused on carrying out its mission, despite a time of significant budget uncertainty. Today’s announcement is one part of the Department’s efforts to strengthen the rural economy.

"Food insecurity is a real issue in rural communities. According to Feeding America, 3 million rural households or 15.4% are food insecure. This is due to several factors such as greater unemployment and underemployment, the lack of flexible and affordable child care and less access to communication and transportation networks,” Dunning said. “Groups like the Community Food Pantry of Butler are attempting to resolve these insecurities at the local level by offering access to food and to other necessities. Rural Development is well aware of the problem of hunger in rural America and is proud to be a partner in finding solutions. Responding to and finding ways to overcome food access barriers is a priority for Rural Development.”

“Food pantries play an essential role in proving food to lower income citizens,” said Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4). “ I am pleased that the Community Food Pantry of Butler, which has been in operation since 2001, is receiving a USDA Community Facility Loan in the amount of $182,000 to buy a building to house the Food Pantry’s Thrift Shop and a $5,000 Community Facility Grant to buy equipment. The Community Food Pantry, which also houses a job search center and offers job training, is a tremendous asset to Butler which will benefit greatly from this funding.”

The Community Food Pantry of Butler distributes approximately 558,996 pounds of food per year. The Thrift Shop offers clothing and household items for purchase.

Anyone seeking more information about Rural Development Community Facility Programs or any other USDA Rural Development program may visit the Missouri Rural Development homepage at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/mo or may contact the Clinton Area Office at (660) 885-5567, Ext. 4.

For other examples of USDA investments in rural communities, please visit Rural Development's interactive web map at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/RDSuccessStories.html. The map features program funding and success stories for fiscal years 2009-2011.

President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values. President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Vilsack are committed to a smarter use of Federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has a portfolio of programs designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.

USDA has made a concerted effort to deliver results for the American people, even as USDA implements sequestration – the across-the-board budget reductions mandated under terms of the Budget Control Act. USDA has already undertaken historic efforts since 2009 to save more than $828 million in taxpayer funds through targeted, common-sense budget reductions. These reductions have put USDA in a better position to carry out its mission, while implementing sequester budget reductions in a fair manner that causes as little disruption as possible.

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