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U.S. Congressman to discuss hunger issues in Pharr

By Bryan Ramos


he Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley in Pharr is set to hold a Mini-Town Hall Meeting Thursday morning that will welcome U.S. Congressman Filemon Vela to discuss issues surrounding hunger in South Texas and the Rio Grande Valley.

Vela, a U.S. Representative of the 34th District of Texas, who recently took aim at fellow Democrats that agreed to funding President Trump’s border wall in exchange for ending the government shutdown, has been extremely vocal in fighting for people in the Rio Grande Valley.

The free and open to the public event will focus on the topics of Farm Bill 2018, legislation which covers farms, farmers, and much more including conservation, trade, nutrition and agricultural research. The current bill, which was passed in 2013, is set to expire on Sept. 30, so discussions on new legislation are expected to begin in February.

Also to be discussed is SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as “food stamps”.

Starr County has 43.6% of households that rely on SNAP, Willacy County has 32.2%, Hidalgo Country has 32.1% and Cameron County had 28.4%, according to, the Food Research & Action Center who compiled the data over five years.

The Mini-Town Hall Meeting will take place at Food Bank of the RGV in Pharr, located at 724 N. Cage Blvd. The event is free and open to the public. Doors are set to open at 9 a.m. with the discussion running from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.

If you’d like to submit a hunger, SNAP or Farm Bill 2018 related question to be asked at the Mini-Town Hall Meeting, you can do so by following this link:

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