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Food Policy Action Announces New Executive Director

Food Policy Action Announces New Executive Director

By | July 25th, 2017 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases - Food Policy Action |


Seasoned policy strategist and government affairs executive Monica Mills to lead FPA Today, Food Policy Action (FPA) announced that its board has selected Monica Mills as the organization’s new Executive Director. The announcement follows a six-month nationwide search. Mills will be responsible for managing and growing Food Policy Action and Food Policy Action Education Fund…


Seasoned policy strategist and government affairs executive Monica Mills to lead FPA Today, Food Policy Action (FPA) announced that its board has select...

Seasoned policy strategist and government affairs executive Monica Mills to lead FPA

Today, Food Policy Action (FPA) announced that its board has selected Monica Mills as the organization’s new Executive Director. The announcement follows a six-month nationwide search. Mills will be responsible for managing and growing Food Policy Action and Food Policy Action Education Fund in their advocacy, political and education programs.

“We are extremely excited to have found a new Executive Director with the leadership, poise, and deep food and agriculture experience of Ms. Mills,” said Tom Colicchio, FPA co-founder, food policy advocate and chef. “This is a pivotal time for our food movement and we are confident that Monica can build on FPA’s historic successes and best prepare the organization to meet the enormous challenges ahead to protect and improve our nation’s food and agriculture system.”

Mills brings deep experience in food policy, electoral policy, communications and government affairs. When leading federal food and agriculture policy at Bread for the World as Director of Government Affairs, she was named “Top Grassroots Lobbyist” by The Hill three years in a row. Her organizational and fundraising skills have fostered growth for numerous nonprofit, political and government organizations including the Peace Corp as associate director and at the U.S. Department of Treasury as a senior official. Most recently, Mills graduated in May 2017 from Wesley Theological Seminary having completed her Master’s Degree in Theology.

“Monica is a well-respected warrior in our cause and will take our organization to new heights,” said FPA co-founder and board chair Ken Cook. “Having worked alongside her almost daily throughout the 2008 Farm Bill process in her capacity as Bread for the World’s Director of Government Affairs, I can attest to her policy acumen, coalition-building skills and effectiveness as a policy strategist and operative. We are delighted to have her at the helm of FPA.”

A native of South Dakota, Mills began her career in policy and politics working for Senators Tom Daschle and Tim Johnson.

Food Policy Action Statement on House Budget Committee’s Proposed Cuts to SNAP Program

Food Policy Action Statement on House Budget Committee’s Proposed Cuts to SNAP Program

By | July 21st, 2017 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases - Food Policy Action |


Washington, D.C. – Food Policy Action released the following statement in response to the House Budget Committee’s fiscal year 2018 budget resolution, that proposes $150 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. The $150 billion dollar cuts to SNAP are in addition to the previously announced $10…


Washington, D.C. - Food Policy Action released the following statement in response to the House Budget Committee’s fiscal year 2018 budget resolution, th...

Washington, D.C. – Food Policy Action released the following statement in response to the House Budget Committee’s fiscal year 2018 budget resolution, that proposes $150 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. The $150 billion dollar cuts to SNAP are in addition to the previously announced $10 billion in cuts over the next decade to nutrition and other entitlement programs under its jurisdiction.

The House Budget Committee’s proposal provides a huge tax cut for America’s richest few and slashes billions in safety net programs, basically robbing the poor and most vulnerable to give to the rich,” said Willy Ritch, FPA’s interim Executive Director. “This reprehensible budget is beyond harmful and cruel to the hardworking families who are struggling to make ends meet. SNAP is the most successful and efficient nutrition programs in America. Over 40 million Americans – most of whom are children, senior citizens or the disabled – depend on it to put food on the table every month. These proposed cuts would abandon them, leaving them hungry, worsening their health and increasing their struggle with poverty. We are outraged by the priorities of this Administration and House leadership, which are completely out of touch with the needs and values of Americans. This budget proposal must be stopped in its tracks.

Food Policy Action Statement on President’s Budget Proposal

Food Policy Action Statement on President’s Budget Proposal

By | May 24th, 2017 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases - Food Policy Action |


Food Policy Action released the following statement from its acting executive director Willy Ritch in response to President Trump’s budget proposal unveiled today by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget: “A budget proposal is about priorities for our county—and the budget the President released today is filled with misplaced priorities that would be terrible…


Food Policy Action released the following statement from its acting executive director Willy Ritch in response to President Trump’s budget proposal unvei...

Food Policy Action released the following statement from its acting executive director Willy Ritch in response to President Trump’s budget proposal unveiled today by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget:

“A budget proposal is about priorities for our county—and the budget the President released today is filled with misplaced priorities that would be terrible for America’s food system, our people and our nation.

“Under the President’s budget, families, seniors, and farmers who are already struggling would find it harder to put food on the table and make ends meet. This proposal would mean more consumers sickened by unsafe food and polluted water and new parents would find it harder to buy healthy, locally produced fruits and vegetables for their children. This budget is also a bad deal for rural America by eliminating conservation and rural development programs that protect our vast precious lands, waterways and watersheds and promote economic growth in rural America.

“We call on Congress to reject this budget proposal and stop this radical agenda in its tracks.”

Food Policy Action opposed Mick Mulvaney’s confirmation to lead the Office of Management and Budget because his record in Congress demonstrated that the health, safety, and fairness of our food system were not his priorities. FPA’s strong concerns that his leadership would impose similar priorities and harmful cuts on the federal budget process and administration of federal programs have unfortunately been proven correct.

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.

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