Senator Tina Smith prepares for State of the Union Address

The Senator from Minnesota is bringing along a representative of Minnesota's largest food bank to highlight the importance of addressing food insecurity and the continuing progress on the Farm Bill.

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Senator Tina Smith (right) and Second Harvest Heartland CEO Allison O'Toole (left) are anticipating the 2023 State of the Union Address.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ahead of President Joe Biden's State of the Union Address Tuesday, Feb. 7, U.S. Senator Tina Smith of Minnesota is looking for a focus on ending hunger across the country.

Senator Smith is bringing the CEO of Second Harvest Heartland Allison O'Toole with her as her guest for the address. Second Harvest Heartland is the largest food bank in Minnesota.

WDAY News spoke with Senator Smith and O'Toole ahead of the address. They are both hoping President Biden will reinforce his commitment to ending hunger in America by 2030 in his speech, saying it is a non-partisan issue.

"I always think hunger can be a unifying issue for this county, and so I hope that is in the forefront of his remarks tonight," O'Toole said.

Senator Smith wants the President to highlight the ongoing progress on the new farm bill.


"I am very optimistic that we will be able to put together a bill that is bipartisan and will win the support of the President and I hope he talks about that tonight," Smith said.

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