Washington, DC –(ENEWSPF)–July 27, 2017.  U.S. Representatives Robin Kelly (IL-02) and Mike Bost (IL-12) introduced bipartisan legislation that empowers farmers to help combat food deserts. The Feeding America through Farm Flexibility Act would enable farmers to grow fruits and vegetables on an additional five percent of their acreage without a crop insurance penalty, if the food is sold or donated to food deserts.

“There are people in my district who live 20 miles from farms but simply can’t get fresh fruits and vegetables for their families. From my conversations with farmers, it’s clear that our current policies are preventing farmers from helping to solve the food desert crisis,” said Congresswoman Robin Kelly. “I’m glad to be working with Rep. Bost on this pragmatic solution that solves a real world problem and empowers farmers to feed hungry families.”

“I am happy to join my colleague and fellow Illinoisan, Representative Kelly, in introducing this important bipartisan legislation. Southern Illinois is home to a rich and diverse agriculture sector,” said Representative Bost. “This bill will allow our producers to capitalize on that diversity while also helping those most in need.”