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Pennsylvania Agricultural Surplus System Helps Feed Hungry Families

The Pennsylvania secretaries of agriculture and human services highlighted the role of the Pennsylvania Agricultural Surplus System (PASS) in a roundtable discussion. The program provides farmers funding to get food that would otherwise go to waste to vulnerable families who need it most. Since the PASS program was first funded in April 2016, more than 11.4 million pounds of food has been distributed to all 67 counties in the state through partners that are part of the Feeding PennsylvaniaOpens In A New Window and Hunger-Free PennsylvaniaOpens In A New Window networks of food banks. Sixty different Pennsylvania-produced foods have been sourced from 134 farmers, processors, and growers across the state. The roundtable sought to gather input from program partners.