The tribe and Miller Brewing have pledged $78,000 toward Gov. Scott McCallum's efforts to find state money or help raise private funds to pay for a bonus shipment of 3 million pounds of government food for the needy. A bipartisan group of 96 legislators asked the state to pay $160,000 to ship and store the food. The state Department of Health and Family Services has said private money is needed because the state has depleted its budget for the federal emergency food program. The extra food became available because Congress approved an additional $200 million to buy surplus farm commodities. The state placed its order for food March 23 and will find the money somehow, a department spokesman said. The food is distributed to the needy through pantries and other organizations that work with the poor.
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