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Congressman joins fight to restore funding to local food pantry

Todd Young

An Indiana congressman is stepping in to try and restore federal funding to a local food pantry.

Republican Todd Young is looking into possible "misinterpretation" of federal guidelines by community provisions of Jackson County.

Funding was recently cut from the pantry, after the director began asking clients if they wanted to pray when they received food.

That reportedly conflicts with the National Emergency Food Assistance Program which states religious activity can't be conducted as a condition of receiving food.

The pantry's director has appealed the decision to Indiana’s Department of Health, saying they were simply asking people if they wanted prayer, not requiring it.

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