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Congressman Blunt Helps Present Donation to Ozarks Food Harvest

Congressman Roy Blunt made a stop at Ozarks Food Harvest’s new facility today, for the presentation of a check and to take a tour of the new warehouse there. KSMU’s Kristian Kriner reports.

Blunt was there as representatives from Target, handed over a check for $5,000 dollars to help fund The Food Bank’s “Feeding Families” initiative.

Target has been donating money to food banks across the U.S. for several years.

The donation will help Ozarks Food Harvest in its overall goal to distribute an extra $50,000 in food to the “Feeding Families” program.

Blunt says this donation will really help families who are facing hunger, perhaps for the first time.

“The work of The Food Bank is a thing for families and particularly when you find families now displaced with unemployment numbers, which is the highest they have been since 1982. You’re seeing families you haven’t seen before, families are wondering where they can get help who haven’t had to wonder about where to get help before and so this is a particularly important moment,” Blunt said.

Before the congressman toured the new facility for the first time, he did answer a question about the new healthcare legislation that was passed in the House of Representatives late Saturday evening.

Blunt voted against the bill.

He said the bill spends way too much money and there are other ways to fix the health care situation without spending so much.

“Our substitute for this bill would start with a medical liability reform, it would allow you to have associated health plans, it would require insurance companies not to be able to kick you off the policy or it wouldn’t allow them to have a lifetime cap,” Blunt said.

A similar health care bill is now being considered by the U.S. Senate.

For KSMU News, I’m Kristian Kriner.