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                           November 22, 2000

Washington, DC

Tour and Remarks at Capital Area Food Bank

President Clinton will visit the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, D.C., and participate in food distribution efforts for Thanksgiving Day with senior citizen and student volunteers. The President will tour the Food Bank and then assist volunteers in sorting and loading food into distribution boxes.

In his remarks to volunteers, community leaders and Americorps members working at the Food Bank and supporting food security efforts, the President will announce new initiatives to improve nutrition and food security among senior citizens and low-income working families, and strengthen community-based food delivery systems. President Clinton will emphasize that helping parents feed their families and seniors get healthy food is a key priority that requires that we strengthen the nutrition safety net and better support community efforts to address hunger. To address these needs, the President will announce a new program to enable senior citizens to purchase fresh produce at farmers markets, new grants to support community efforts to address nutritional assistance, and an expanded federal purchase of produce to get food from the fields into the emergency food system. The President also will call on Congress to work with him in restoring benefits to certain legal immigrants as part of this year's budget. In addition, the President will applaud the efforts of those working to make the Capital Area Food Bank a success and will underscore that government, private organizations, and all Americans must continue to work together in combating hunger and poverty across the nation.

President Clinton will be joined on stage by of Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman and Lynne Brantley, Executive Director of the Capital Area Food Bank. Among those attending the event will be Harris Wofford, Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National Service; local and community officials; and over one hundred senior citizen and student volunteers. The President will be introduced by Lynne Brantley.

Order of Speakers
Dan Glickman, Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture Lynne Brantley, Executive Director, Capital Area Food Bank PRESIDENT CLINTON

(See attached fact sheet)

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