U.S. Sen. John Boozman mingled with people dedicated to tackling area hunger Monday.
Boozman met with community members and toured the River Valley Regional Food Bank in Fort Smith as part of a larger visit to the area. In addition to Sebastian County, Boozman was scheduled to make stops in Logan, Polk, Montgomery, Pike and Howard counties Monday and Tuesday, according to a news release from Boozman’s office.
Boozman said the purpose of his visits is to talk to people about a variety of different topics. While at the food bank, he talked to business owners and elected officials such as Fort Smith Ward 2 Director Andre Good and At-large Director Robyn Dawson about the Farm Bill that was passed by Congress in 2018.
“You know, the majority of the Farm Bill actually has to do with you all,” Boozman said. “Only about 20 percent of it has anything to do with farmers. Most of it’s a trillion dollars spent, so it’s a lot of money, but most of that is in the nutrition part of things. We’re also in the process now of trying to get the child reauthorization nutrition program done. That’s kind of on autopilot, but we’d like to improve it.”
Original article source: https://www.boozman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2019/8/sw-times-record-senator-speaks-about-farm-bill-in-visit-to-fort-smith-and-surrounding-areas | Article may or may not reflect the views of KLEK 102.5 FM or The Voice of Arkansas Minority Advocacy Council