To prepare for the upcoming Farm Bill negotiations, Second Harvest Heartland is holding a series of listening sessions across the state. More than 75% of Farm Bill spending goes to nutrition programs, like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Mary Gardner is with the Monticello Help Center:

“Today we’re getting on average 100 new clients per month with the economy the way it is. The food is not as prevalent out there the donations are not as prevalent out there today.”

Demand is up at foodbanks statewide.