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Plate of the Union Calls on Congress to Put Health First in Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill

Plate of the Union Calls on Congress to Put Health First in Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill

By | June 10th, 2016 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases - Food Policy Action |


School Breakfasts and Lunches are a Primary Source of Fresh Foods for Students Washington, DC –Today, Plate of the Union, a grassroots campaign fighting for bold action to reform our out of balance food and farm policies, called on Congress to ensure the next Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) bill responsibly meets students’ needs for fresh and healthy foods and for the presidential candidates to voice…


School Breakfasts and Lunches are a Primary Source of Fresh Foods for Students Washington, DC –Today, Plate of the Union, a grassroots campaign fig...

School Breakfasts and Lunches are a Primary Source of Fresh Foods for Students

Washington, DC –Today, Plate of the Union, a grassroots campaign fighting for bold action to reform our out of balance food and farm policies, called on Congress to ensure the next Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) bill responsibly meets students’ needs for fresh and healthy foods and for the presidential candidates to voice their position on the ongoing child nutrition and school meals debate.

“The Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill is an opportunity for Congress to show the nation’s commitment to improving children’s health. With a strong child nutrition bill, we can start to tackle troubling trends like the rising risk of type-2 diabetes and the falling life expectancy for children,” said Tom Colicchio, Food Policy Action co-founder and Plate of the Union advisor. “At this vital moment in food policy — and with two very different CNR bills being considered in Congress — presidential candidates should make their positions known and provide voters with an understanding of how they would ensure access to nutritious options for our children.”

The health of our children is a national issue that should be a top priority for all politicians as they develop new policies with far-reaching implications in and out of schools. A key part of Plate of the Union’s work includes calling on candidates to commit to pushing forward policies that keep our kids healthy, stop companies from marketing junk food to kids, and end subsidies that support processed junk food.

“Research shows that children receiving free and reduced-price lunches at school are more likely to consume fruits and vegetables than other students. At the same time, these children are also more likely to eat junk food outside of school, which contributes the likelihood of chronic diet-related diseases now and in the future,” said Ashley Koff, RD, and Plate of the Union Advisory Board member. “Clearly, the federal school lunch program is a lifeline for millions of kids, and an example of how smart investments today can curtail health care costs tomorrow. With funding for national child nutrition programs being voted upon this year, the presidential candidates should share their views on these programs as well as their plans for making bold reforms to our food system so that children have access to healthy meals at school and at home.”

Plate of the Union members joined other national hunger and food policy advocates on Capitol Hill this week to speak up about the importance of supporting child nutrition and to raise concerns about the failure to do so.

About Plate of the Union: Plate of the Union is a collaborative campaign driven by Food Policy Action, Food Policy Action Education Fund, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and the HEAL Food Alliance to raise the voice of Americans who care about food and farm issues during this election season. More can be found at www.plateoftheunion.com.

 

Food Policy Action On Capitol Hill Opposing Block Granting of Child Nutrition Programs

Food Policy Action On Capitol Hill Opposing Block Granting of Child Nutrition Programs

By | June 9th, 2016 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases - Food Policy Action |


Statement by FPA Executive Director Claire Benjamin DiMattina WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Food Policy Action (FPA) issued the following statement from its Executive Director Claire Benjamin DiMattina. The organization is on Capitol Hill with other leading hunger and nutrition advocates from across the nation to voice strong opposition to the three-state block grant proposal added…


Statement by FPA Executive Director Claire Benjamin DiMattina WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Food Policy Action (FPA) issued the following statement from its...

Statement by FPA Executive Director Claire Benjamin DiMattina

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Food Policy Action (FPA) issued the following statement from its Executive Director Claire Benjamin DiMattina. The organization is on Capitol Hill with other leading hunger and nutrition advocates from across the nation to voice strong opposition to the three-state block grant proposal added into the already political non-starter House Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) bill (H.R. 5003):

We are here today – advocates from across the country and all sides of the aisle – to make sure Congress knows that we strongly oppose any effort to block grant child nutrition programs,” said Claire Benjamin DiMattina, FPA Executive Director. “Healthy food for kids shouldn’t be a high-risk gamble. As if the House CNR bill was not already bad enough, the current block grant proposal takes the bill further in the wrong direction, ultimately gambling with school children’s basic nutrition. Congress needs to stop this harmful bill in its tracks and put the health and nutrition of children ahead of politics. We will continue to fight for a CNR that puts our children first and ensures that no school child goes hungry and that all children have access to nutritious school meals.

Presidential Candidates Increasing Focus on Food and Farm Issues Ahead of California Primary 

Presidential Candidates Increasing Focus on Food and Farm Issues Ahead of California Primary 

By | June 2nd, 2016 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases - Food Policy Action |


California’s Farmworker Population Feels the Pain of Unbalanced Policies  Oakland, CA – Plate of the Union coalition member and Director of HEAL Food Alliance, Navina Khanna released the following statement about the growing conversation around our nation’s food and farm policies in this year election season. “Ahead of the California primary next week, Plate of…


California's Farmworker Population Feels the Pain of Unbalanced Policies  Oakland, CA - Plate of the Union coalition member and Director of HEAL Food A...

California’s Farmworker Population Feels the Pain of Unbalanced Policies 

Oakland, CA – Plate of the Union coalition member and Director of HEAL Food Alliance, Navina Khanna released the following statement about the growing conversation around our nation’s food and farm policies in this year election season.

“Ahead of the California primary next week, Plate of the Union has been pleased to see the presidential candidates talking about food and farm policies. California knows first hand how out of balance our food system is. We grow half of the nation’s produce, and we’re home to one third of the nation’s farmworkers, whose low wages makes them and other food workers 50% more likely to rely on government assistance such as food stamps than workers in other industries. Food and farming issues not only impact the health of our economy but also our families and our children,” said Navina Khanna, Director of HEAL Food Alliance and Plate of the Union coalition member.

“That’s why Plate of the Union is pushing presidential candidates to make these issues more prominent not only in the lead up to the California primary, but throughout the election season, and into the start of the next administration. Our next president has a responsibility to take on these issues and prioritize new food and farm policies that will help bolster our economy, improve our food system and drive down alarming health concerns like hunger, the growing rate of type-2 diabetes and the decreased life expectancy for our kids. The cost of inaction is too great for our families and our country.”

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About Plate of the Union: Plate of the Union is a collaborative campaign driven by Food Policy Action, Food Policy Action Education Fund, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and the HEAL Food Alliance to raise the voice of Americans who care about food and farm issues during this election season. More can be found atwww.plateoftheunion.com

Tom Colicchio on America’s staggering waste of food on the PBS NewsHour

Tom Colicchio on America’s staggering waste of food on the PBS NewsHour

By | June 2nd, 2016 | Blogs, FPA Blogs & News |


From the PBS NewsHour: The United States wastes roughly 70 billion pounds of food every year, an estimated quarter of all food produced in the country. Now, TV “Top Chef” Tom Colicchio aims to bring the issue to the highest levels of government with his “Food Policy Action” group. Political director Lisa Desjardins talks to…


From the PBS NewsHour: The United States wastes roughly 70 billion pounds of food every year, an estimated quarter of all food produced in the country....

From the PBS NewsHour: The United States wastes roughly 70 billion pounds of food every year, an estimated quarter of all food produced in the country. Now, TV “Top Chef” Tom Colicchio aims to bring the issue to the highest levels of government with his “Food Policy Action” group. Political director Lisa Desjardins talks to Colicchio about how he plans to end American food wastage.

In addition to the PBS NewsHour, Tom and the celebrity chefs who joined the Food Policy Action Education Fund on Capitol Hill were featured in numerous publications across the country, including The New York Times and The Washington Post.

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