Food Aid Turned Down by Legislature
In a procedural vote, the Iowa House turned down a million dollar appropriation to match private donations to Iowa’s food banks. The legislature passed a similar measure last year, but Governor Branstad vetoed it. One House Democrat spoke with unusual authority. Representative Ako Abdul-Samaad of Des Moines runs a soup kitchen as part of the Creative Visions social service agency he heads. Here are some of his remarks.