Second Harvest CEO Testifies At Congressional Hearing

Washington, D.C. –  Tuesday Chad Higdon, CEO of Second Harvest Community Food Bank in St. Joseph, testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Hearing on “Experiences of Vulnerable Populations During Disaster.”

Higdon testified at the invitation of Congressman Sam Graves (MO-06), who serves as Ranking Member of the full House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

“Chad and Second Harvest have gone above and beyond to feed those in need throughout Northwest Missouri and Northeast Kansas over the years, and I want to thank him for participating in our Committee’s Congressional hearing on how disasters impact vulnerable populations in our country.  Chad has hosted me at Second Harvest many times and I have seen firsthand the good work they do.  He cares deeply about serving his community and his insights about the administrative burdens and federal red tape that foodbanks and other private organizations face will be valuable to Congress as it works to streamline programs to more effectively help Americans in need everywhere,” said Graves (MO-06), the Republican leader on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives.

In his testimony, Higdon noted that “the response and recovery effort from COVID-19 will be the largest relief assistance program in American history by far…”. He went on to say that their “work to support hunger relief needs resulting from the pandemic in the communities we serve would not have been possible if not for the federal support and assistance our organization has received.”

Higdon continued, “Through all the adversity and challenges, I’m proud to say our team at Second Harvest has demonstrated a tremendous effort keeping up with the demand. We are very appreciative of everything the federal government has done to help with our response to help support vulnerable populations.”

 

Mr. Higdon’s written testimony can be found here.

You can watch Higdon’s Opening Statement here.

You can watch Higdon’s Full Testimony here.