Senator Patrick Leahy says a tax break for small business could help feed hungry families.
Right now major corporations get tax deductions for donating surplus food rather than destroying it. Leahy says he wants that same option to be available to small businesses. The country's most senior senator is also fighting over food subsidies for the poor and says it's the major sticking point with House Republicans over the stalled farm bill.
"The people voting to cut it out are people who will never go hungry except by choice. Unfortunately that's not the case with millions of Americans who have no choice," Leahy said.
Leahy said if the country can afford government shutdowns and wars it can afford to feed those in need. Governor Peter Shumlin says the state is working separately with the federal government to pay back for benefits extended to Vermonters who did not actually qualify for them.