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Food Policy Action Statement on Proposed Cuts to SNAP Program

Food Policy Action Statement on Proposed Cuts to SNAP Program

By | May 22nd, 2017 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases - Food Policy Action |


Food Policy Action released the following statement from its co-founder, food advocate and chef Tom Colicchio in response to reports that President Trump’s budget proposes a 25 percent cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. The cuts reportedly would total $39 billion over ten years. “The President has proposed…


Food Policy Action released the following statement from its co-founder, food advocate and chef Tom Colicchio in response to reports that President Trump's...

Food Policy Action released the following statement from its co-founder, food advocate and chef Tom Colicchio in response to reports that President Trump’s budget proposes a 25 percent cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. The cuts reportedly would total $39 billion over ten years.

“The President has proposed a radical and extreme cut to one of the most successful and efficient nutrition programs in America. Over 40 million Americans depend on SNAP to put food on the table every month and a 25 percent cut means millions of them would simply not have enough to eat. Americans don’t support a slash and burn approach to food stamps—in fact, by huge margins they think SNAP benefits should be increased, not radically cut. We are distressed at the misplaced priorities of this administration, which are out of sync with the needs and values of Americans. This budget is bad for families struggling to get enough to eat, it’s bad for our communities and in the end will be bad for the American economy.”

The average SNAP benefit is $1.40 per meal. A recent poll found that the majority of Americans, regardless of party affiliation, support increasing the standard benefit amount.

New Report: Opportunities to Reduce Food Waste in the 2018 Farm Bill

New Report: Opportunities to Reduce Food Waste in the 2018 Farm Bill

By | May 4th, 2017 | Blogs, FPA Blogs & News |


The Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic, with support from Food Policy Action and ReFED, released Opportunities to Reduce Food Waste in the 2018 Farm Bill, which outlines 17 recommendations that Congress can implement to tackle food waste in the next farm bill. 40% of food in the U.S. ends up in the…


The Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic, with support from Food Policy Action and ReFED, released Opportunities to Reduce Food Waste in the 2018 ...

The Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic, with support from Food Policy Action and ReFED, released Opportunities to Reduce Food Waste in the 2018 Farm Bill, which outlines 17 recommendations that Congress can implement to tackle food waste in the next farm bill. 40% of food in the U.S. ends up in the landfill instead of on our plates, and it costs us $218 billion each year to produce, process, transport, and dispose of this waste. But there are ample opportunities to turn this around.

The farm bill is an omnibus package of federal legislation, reauthorized every 5 to 7 years, that shapes virtually every aspect of our food and agricultural system. But although it allocates nearly $500 billion every 5 years, not a single dollar is spent to ensure that the food we produce actually makes it to our plates. In 2015, USDA and EPA announced the first-ever U.S. food waste reduction goal—a bold and aggressive target of halving our food waste by 2030. As the first farm bill to be passed since the announcement of that goal, the 2018 Farm Bill offers a critical opportunity for Congress to take concrete steps to break our food waste habit. With preparations for the 2018 Farm Bill already under way, now is the time to rethink the role the federal government should play in reducing food waste to protect people, preserve our planet, and increase profits.

Opportunities to Reduce Food Waste in the 2018 Farm Bill presents a range of different solutions, from small modifications that add food waste reduction opportunities to established programs, to new initiatives or programs that could catalyze larger-scale food waste action and awareness. The report offers Congress a menu of options to reduce the astonishing amount of U.S. food waste for the good of the American people, the planet, and the economy.

Click here to download the report.

Weakening Child Nutrition Standards and Delaying Menu Labeling Requirements Drops the Ball on Food Policy Progress

Weakening Child Nutrition Standards and Delaying Menu Labeling Requirements Drops the Ball on Food Policy Progress

By | May 2nd, 2017 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases - Food Policy Action |


FPA tells Administration to stop giving in to corporate interests at the expense of America’s health WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 2, 2017)— Today, Food Policy Action (FPA) issued the following statement from acting Executive Director Willy Ritch expressing disappointment at the lack of follow-through by the USDA and FDA on bipartisan commitments to nutrition standards and…


FPA tells Administration to stop giving in to corporate interests at the expense of America’s health WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 2, 2017)— Today, Food Pol...

FPA tells Administration to stop giving in to corporate interests at the expense of America’s health

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 2, 2017)— Today, Food Policy Action (FPA) issued the following statement from acting Executive Director Willy Ritch expressing disappointment at the lack of follow-through by the USDA and FDA on bipartisan commitments to nutrition standards and menu labeling requirements:

“It was very disappointing to learn yesterday that the Administration is dragging its feet on child nutrition standards and menu labeling requirements. The USDA and FDA completely dropped the ball with these decisions. We understand needing flexibility, but these decisions roll back progress on nutrition that have bipartisan support. Kids need more healthy options and consumers need more transparency—not less healthy food and less transparency.

“Adding sugary milk, lowering whole grain nutrition standards and putting more sodium back on lunch trays in our schools is a big step backwards. And the FDA’s delay in menu labeling improvements puts corporate interests ahead of consumers and keeps consumers in the dark about the calories and ingredients in their food.

“These two decisions are concerning. We urge the Administration to stop giving into corporate interest at the expense of America’s health, and we ask Congress to stand up to help us prevent more rollbacks by the Administration on healthy food access.”

Food Policy Action Statement on Confirmation of USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue

Food Policy Action Statement on Confirmation of USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue

By | May 1st, 2017 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases - Food Policy Action |


Statement by FPA Executive Director Willy Ritch WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Food Policy Action (FPA) issued the following statement from its Executive Director Willy Ritch on the confirmation of Sonny Perdue as USDA Secretary: “We are pleased that a USDA Secretary has finally been confirmed today. We listened carefully to the promises Secretary Purdue made…


Statement by FPA Executive Director Willy Ritch WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Food Policy Action (FPA) issued the following statement from its Executive Dir...

Statement by FPA Executive Director Willy Ritch

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Food Policy Action (FPA) issued the following statement from its Executive Director Willy Ritch on the confirmation of Sonny Perdue as USDA Secretary:

“We are pleased that a USDA Secretary has finally been confirmed today. We listened carefully to the promises Secretary Purdue made during his confirmation hearings and we hope he lives up to those commitments. The food movement is more important than ever, and FPA is going to keep pushing to improve policy and arm the public with information they need to hold policymakers, including the USDA, accountable. We congratulate Secretary Purdue on his confirmation and look forward to working with him to protect and improve important food and farming programs.”

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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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