Hi everyone, you may be interested in the article below from today's Democrat if you receive any type of direct food aid (not food stamps, but actual food). it describes how after the legislature worked hard to keep this program going in Florida, the governor recently vetoed it! this is very sad, and if anyone can tell us that this is indeed effecting their food aid, well, perhaps we can start asking people to contribute to farmshare.org to help keep this wonderful program going. it only needs $750000. ------------- Patricia Robbins My View Published: June 04. 2011 2:00AM With a stroke of his pen on May 26, Gov. Rick Scott eliminated the annual distribution of $26 million worth of fresh produce and food products to needy residents throughout Florida. Scott vetoed the Legislature's recent appropriation for Farm Share and its statewide network of nonprofit distribution affiliates, which deliver food at no charge to recipients. To save $750,000, Scott killed a $26 million-a-year, life-sustaining program, effective July 1. Established in 1991, Farm Share is Florida's leader in the recovery, sorting, packing and delivery of nutritious food for people and families in need. Donated fresh produce, combined with USDA commodities, is given away from packing houses located near Homestead, in the heart of Miami-Dade County's farming area, and in Quincy. In the past 12 months, Farm Share distributed 15.2 million pounds of food - 10 million pounds of produce and juice, and 5.2 million pounds of USDA frozen, canned and dry goods. The total value: $26 million given to 732,629 poor, needy Florida children, women and men. Farm Share partners with the Florida Department of Corrections, whose inmates learn job skills working at the packing houses at no cost to taxpayers. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services also is a strong supporter - farmers not only avoid disposal fees they would pay to dispose of their surplus produce, but they get an IRS credit of up to 200 percent of the value of that produce when they donate it to Farm Share instead of throwing it away. Private donations and annual support from the Miami-Dade County Commission fund Farm Share's core mission in southernmost Florida. The state, historically, has funded Farm Share's expansion upstate toward Georgia, maximizing seasonal food collection from the summer harvest in North Florida and from the winter harvest in South Florida. The fiscally conservative 2011 Legislature, after extensive public discussion, appropriated $750,000 to Farm Share to meet the escalating human needs during this very tough economic time in the Sunshine State. The chairmen of both the Senate and House appropriations committees recommended that full funding, and it was supported as well by Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam. Remarkably, Gov. Scott disagreed. Since its inception, Farm Share has distributed more than 283 million pounds of food valued at more than $493 million, with an administrative overhead of only 1.6 percent. And while some food banks require recipients to pay for what they receive, for 20 years Farm Share has provided the neediest Floridians vital nutrition at absolutely no cost. Farm Share gives away free food directly to individuals and families, as well has hundreds of houses of worship, shelters, soup kitchens and community-based organizations throughout its statewide distribution network. Senior citizens, underprivileged children, military veterans and the chronically poor constitute the vast majority of Farm Share recipients. Who will stand up for them now, the least among us? Check out the TABI resource web page at http://acorange.home.comcast.net/TABI and please make suggestions for new material. if you'd like to unsubscribe you can do so through the freelists.org web interface, or by sending an email to the address tabi-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject.