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Food Policy Action’s Congressional Scorecard Names 87 Good Food Champions

Food Policy Action’s Congressional Scorecard Names 87 Good Food Champions

By | December 10th, 2013 | Blogs, FPA Blogs & News |

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Food Policy Action, a national nonprofit organization, today announced that 87 members of Congress - 73 House members and 14 senators -- have received perfect scores on its 2013 National Food Policy Scorecard.

Washington, D.C. – Food Policy Action, a national nonprofit organization, today announced that 87 members of Congress – 73 House members and 14 senators — have received perfect scores on its 2013 National Food Policy Scorecard. “Few things have as much of an impact on our lives as food,” said Tom Colicchio, owner of Craft Restaurants…


Washington, D.C. - Food Policy Action, a national nonprofit organization, today announced that 87 members of Congress - 73 House members and 14 senators --...

Washington, D.C. – Food Policy Action, a national nonprofit organization, today announced that 87 members of Congress – 73 House members and 14 senators — have received perfect scores on its 2013 National Food Policy Scorecard.

“Few things have as much of an impact on our lives as food,” said Tom Colicchio, owner of Craft Restaurants and FPA board member. “That’s especially true for the families who don’t have enough to eat. Until now, voters had no simple way to find out whether their lawmakers voted to cut or protect food assistance for the neediest Americans. Thanks to the FPA scorecard, now they know.”

Senators were graded on six votes and House members on 13 votes related to hunger, food aid, food labels and farm subsidies.

Click here to see full list of Good Food Champions in the Senate.

Click here to see full list of Good Food Champions in the House.

Launched last year, FPA is the first national organization to publish an annual scorecard that grades lawmakers on congressional food policy votes. An advisory council of food policy experts picks which votes are relevant and should be scored. The FPA Board of Directors approves those choices.

“Over the course of the last two years, numerous votes have been taken to alter domestic and international food assistance programs, many with profound consequences for hungry people,” said Ray Offenheiser, Oxfam President and FPA board member. “All legislators have had to choose whether they will stand up for the people who are struggling to get enough to eat or if they will instead side with special interests. These officials should be on notice that their constituents will use this scorecard to measure their performance.”

“This scorecard, the second FPA has issued, provides compelling evidence that food policy need not be a partisan issue,” said Ken Cook, FPA board chair and EWG president. “Many Republicans – including Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins – scored better than their Democratic colleagues. There is no question but that food has become more political in 2013. Hardly a day goes by when policymakers aren’t debating whether to cut SNAP, the food stamp program, reform farm subsidies, roll back food safety standards, reduce the use of antibiotics, pay food workers a living wage or set standards for the humane treatment of farm animals.”

Colicchio, Offenheiser and Cook are joined on FPA board by Robin Schepper, former executive director of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative; Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World; Gary Hirshberg, co-founder and chairman of Stonyfield Farm; Wayne Pacelle, chief executive officer and president of the Humane Society of the United States; Michael Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest; Dave Murphy, founder and executive director of Food Democracy Now!; Mia Dell, chief lobbyist for United Food and Commercial Workers; Navina Khanna, co-founder of Live Real; and John Boyd, president of the National Black Farmers Association.

Seasoned Food and Agriculture Policy Expert to Manage FPA

Seasoned Food and Agriculture Policy Expert to Manage FPA

By | December 5th, 2013 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases - Food Policy Action |

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Claire Benjamin, a seasoned Washington expert on food and agriculture policy, has been named managing director of Food Policy Action, the national organization’s board announced today.

For Immediate Release Contact: Sara Sciammacco, ssciammacco@foodpolicyaction.org Seasoned Food and Agriculture Policy Expert to Manage FPA Washington, D.C. — Claire Benjamin, a seasoned Washington expert on food and agriculture policy, has been named managing director of Food Policy Action, the national organization’s board announced today. Benjamin will be responsible for managing FPA’s day-to-day operations, updating and providing…


For Immediate Release Contact: Sara Sciammacco, ssciammacco@foodpolicyaction.org Seasoned Food and Agriculture Policy Expert to Manage FPA Washington, ...

For Immediate Release
Contact: Sara Sciammacco, ssciammacco@foodpolicyaction.org

Seasoned Food and Agriculture Policy Expert to Manage FPA

Washington, D.C. — Claire Benjamin, a seasoned Washington expert on food and agriculture policy, has been named managing director of Food Policy Action, the national organization’s board announced today.

Benjamin will be responsible for managing FPA’s day-to-day operations, updating and providing analysis for its National Food Policy Scorecard, overseeing the group’s advocacy and fundraising efforts and handling social media outreach.

“We’re thrilled that Claire will be leading our team as we continue our work to reform our broken food and farm system,” said FPA board chair Ken Cook. “Claire has been a champion for a wide range of policies that support family farmers and sustainable farming. She is highly regarded by all of her peers and very well equipped to advise and guide us through the political thickets of congressional food and farm policy.”

Prior to joining FPA, Benjamin spent nine years working on federal food and agriculture policy on Capitol Hill. Most recently, she served as legislative director and senior advisor for Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and was instrumental in drafting the Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act, which aims to increase access to healthy food and promote local agriculture.

“Claire has been a fantastic partner over the last five years in our work to make common sense reforms to federal agriculture policy,” said Rep. Pingree  “She is a tireless and impassioned advocate for improving our food system so it works better for everyone. I’m excited to see her go to such an important organization as Food Policy Action, where her commitment and savvy can continue to push the movement forward.”

A native Vermonter, Benjamin also served on the staff of Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.). She is a graduate of the University of Vermont in Burlington.

Launched last year, FPA was created to highlight the importance of policies that support healthy diets, reduce hunger, improve food access and affordability, uphold the rights and dignity of food and farm workers, increase transparency, protect public health and the environment, reduce food-borne illness, support local and regional food systems and treat farm animals humanely.

FPA promotes these policies through education and the publication of its annual scorecard. On Tuesday, Dec. 10, FPA board members will release the 2013 National Food Policy Scorecard at a press conference at Graffiato restaurant in Washington, D.C. The scorecard will rate lawmakers of the 113th Congress on food and farm votes taken in the first session.

“Claire’s work will be critical in increasing transparency in the legislative process and holding all of our elected leaders accountable for their food and farm votes,” said Cook. “The public should know when their lawmakers cast votes that hurt farmers, slash funding for hungry families or weaken food safety laws.”

Media advisory: Chef Colicchio, Food and Farm Advocates to Release 2013 National Food Policy Scorecard

Media advisory: Chef Colicchio, Food and Farm Advocates to Release 2013 National Food Policy Scorecard

By | December 3rd, 2013 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases - Food Policy Action |

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Chef Tom Colicchio and other Food Policy Action board members will hold a press conference on Tuesday (Dec. 10) for accredited journalists to release the 2013 National Food Policy Scorecard.

MEDIA ADVISORY CONTACT: Claire Benjamin cbenjamin@foodpolicyaction.org Washington, D.C. – Chef Tom Colicchio and other Food Policy Action board members will hold a press conference on Tuesday (Dec. 10) for accredited journalists to release the 2013 National Food Policy Scorecard. The annual scorecard ranks members of Congress based on their votes on food and farm related issues. Chef…


MEDIA ADVISORY CONTACT: Claire Benjamin cbenjamin@foodpolicyaction.org Washington, D.C. – Chef Tom Colicchio and other Food Policy Action board m...

MEDIA ADVISORY

CONTACT: Claire Benjamin cbenjamin@foodpolicyaction.org

Washington, D.C. – Chef Tom Colicchio and other Food Policy Action board members will hold a press conference on Tuesday (Dec. 10) for accredited journalists to release the 2013 National Food Policy Scorecard.

The annual scorecard ranks members of Congress based on their votes on food and farm related issues. Chef Colicchio is a board member of the group, which was founded last year by Environmental Working Group president Ken Cook. 

What: Press conference with FPA board members to release 2013 scorecard

When: 1:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Dec. 10

Where: Graffiato restaurant, 707 6th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

Who: Chef Tom Colicchio, Craft restaurants owner and FPA board member; Ken Cook, EWG president and FPA board chair; Chef Mike Isabella, owner of Graffiato

About FPA:

Its mission is to highlight the importance of food policy and promote policies that support healthy diets, reduce hunger, improve food access and affordability, uphold the rights and dignity of food and farm workers, increase transparency, protect public health and the environment, reduce food-borne illness, support local and regional food systems, and treat farm animals humanely. FPA promotes positive policies through education and publication of the scorecard.

Please RSVP ssciammacco@foodpolicyaction.org if you plan to attend.

Media Advisory: Chef Colicchio, Leader Pelosi, Anti-Hunger Advocates Condemn GOP Plan to Cut $40B from Nutrition Programs

Media Advisory: Chef Colicchio, Leader Pelosi, Anti-Hunger Advocates Condemn GOP Plan to Cut $40B from Nutrition Programs

By | September 17th, 2013 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases - Food Policy Action |

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MEDIA ADVISORY CONTACT: Claire Benjamin cbenjamin@foodpolicyaction.org Washington, D.C. – Chef Tom Colicchio, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, and other leading anti-hunger advocates will hold a press conference TODAY (Sept. 17) at 4:00 p.m. ET to condemn House Republicans for backing $40 billion in cuts to vital federal nutrition programs. In recent days, GOP leaders have pushed for…


MEDIA ADVISORY CONTACT: Claire Benjamin cbenjamin@foodpolicyaction.org Washington, D.C. – Chef Tom Colicchio, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelos...

MEDIA ADVISORY

CONTACT: Claire Benjamin cbenjamin@foodpolicyaction.org

Washington, D.C. – Chef Tom Colicchio, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, and other leading anti-hunger advocates will hold a press conference TODAY (Sept. 17) at 4:00 p.m. ET to condemn House Republicans for backing $40 billion in cuts to vital federal nutrition programs.

In recent days, GOP leaders have pushed for these cuts in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. Roughly one in seven Americans, including 17 million children rely on SNAP benefits to keep themselves fed.

Chef Colicchio is a founding board member of Food Policy Action, an organization that scores members of Congress on food-related issues.

WHO: Chef Tom Colicchio, owner of Craft restaurants and FPA board member; House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA); Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH); Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT); Rep. James McGovern (D-MA); Rev. David Beckman, president of Bread for the World and FPA board member; Ken Cook, president of Environmental Working Group and FPA board member

WHEN: 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sept. 17

WHERE: HOUSE TRIANGLE – Located in the grassy triangle on the House side of the U.S. Capitol’s East Front.

 

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Our mission is to highlight the importance of food policy and to promote policies that support healthy diets, reduce hunger at home and abroad, improve food access and affordability, uphold the rights and dignity of food and farm workers, increase transparency, improve public health, reduce the risk of food-borne illness, support local and regional food systems, protect and maintain sustainable fisheries, treat farm animals humanely and reduce the environmental impact of farming and food production. Food Policy Action promotes positive policies through education and publication of the National Food Policy Scorecard.

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