Rep. Ben Albritton was honored Monday by the Florida Association of Food Banks for his commitment to hunger relief in Florida. As Chairman of the Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee and a member of the Appropriations Committee, Albrittion worked to increase funding for Farmers Feeding Florida, a produce recovery program.
Other award recipients include Sen. Lizbeth Benaquisto, The Mosaic Company Foundation, Long & Scott Farms, Society of St. Andrew, and Keith & Linda Monda.
The Florida Association of Food Banks operates 14 regional food banks that serve 3,000 community- and faith-based agencies and utilizes 31,500 community volunteers. Together they feed more than 3.6 million hungry people, 1.1 million of whom are children.
“Rep. Albritton has a great appreciation for our partnerships in the agriculture industry to reduce waste and feed our neighbors in need.” Said Rebecca Brislain, Executive Director at FAFB. “His understanding of Florida agriculture and compassion for his neighbors makes him a great advocate for our cause.”
For its part, the Mosaic Company Foundation was recognized for funding the purchase of refrigerated trucks to facilitate the transportation and distribution of fresh foods; and Long & Scott Farms has donated millions of pounds of fresh produce.