The chief executive officer of a northwest Missouri-based food bank says the response and recovery effort from COVID-19 will be the largest relief assistance program in American history, “by far.”

Second Harvest Community Food Bank CEO Chad Higdon testified Tuesday before a congressional subcommittee on emergency management.

Higdon says Second Harvest distributed nine-point-nine million pounds of food this past fiscal year, up 31 percent from their record distribution the previous year.

He added that Second Harvest distributed one million pounds of food this month alone.

Higdon says the low income and seniors are most vulnerable to food insecurity, especially in the insecure times we are in now.

Higdon testified at the request of Tarkio Congressman Sam Graves, who says the testimony highlights how disasters impact vulnerable populations like the elderly.