NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – One focus of the Texas Department of Agriculture is feeding the hungry.  The department’s Texans Feeding Texans program awards grants to organizations to help offset the cost of getting surplus food products to Texas food banks.

The grant means Texas farmers are reimbursed for the cost of harvesting, packing and transporting away food that would otherwise be left in the filed. “The food is cleaned, sorted and packaged at the warehouse,” Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples explained. “From there it’s distributed to individuals and families through the food banks’ network of local, non-profit social service agencies, churches and other entities.”

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The Texans Feeding Texans program launched in 2002 with the goal of creating a partnership that would ultimately result with more low-income families across Texas being fed. Staples said the partnership means public and private donations of food.

“The good news is that Texas food banks are committed to providing relief and giving hope to hungry Texans,” Staples said. “Donations from individuals and food drives, manufacturers, wholesalers and grocery stores also are big participants.”

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Since its inception the program has distributed some 17,000,000 pounds of food including…fruit, vegetables, peanuts and venison.

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