WHEREAS, The Senate of the State of Texas is pleased to
  join the members of the Texas Food Bank Network and Texans across
  the state in celebrating February 12, 2013, as Texas Food Bank
  Day at the Capitol; and
         WHEREAS, Established in 1986, the Texas Food Bank Network
  consists of 21 food banks that provide service to all 254 Texas
  counties through approximately 3,900 community agencies; and
         WHEREAS, To further the goal of reducing hunger in our
  state, many public-private partnerships have been created,
  including the Surplus Agricultural Products Grant Program; this
  innovative program seeks to facilitate the donation of surplus
  food to feed low-income families across Texas; and
         WHEREAS, The Surplus Agricultural Products Grant Program
  offers incentives to growers to donate fresh produce that would
  otherwise be left in the field, by offsetting the costs of
  harvesting, packaging, and transportation; this initiative has
  resulted in more than 80 million pounds of surplus produce being
  distributed across the state; and
         WHEREAS, The Texas Food Bank Network has also created a
  partnership with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice that
  encourages the use of prison land to grow fresh produce for
  distribution by food banks; the creation of the Second Chance
  Partnership also allows inmates of the criminal justice system to
  gain valuable work experience and certifications through
  volunteer efforts at the food banks; and
         WHEREAS, Network members have also established a
  partnership with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission
  to provide client education and application assistance for the
  Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, greatly increasing
  the efficiency of the eligibility-determination process; and
         WHEREAS, It is truly fitting that a day be set aside to
  acknowledge the many contributions of food banks to the
  well-being of our state; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas,
  83rd Legislature, hereby commend the Texas Food Bank Network on
  its exemplary efforts to ensure that all Texans have access to
  nutritious food and extend to its members best wishes for a
  memorable Texas Food Bank Day at the Capitol; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution be prepared in
  honor of this special day.
        President of the Senate
        I hereby certify that the
    above Resolution was adopted by
    the Senate on February 12, 2013.
        Secretary of the Senate
         Member, Texas Senate