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Plate of the Union, Award-Winning Chefs to Join Forces Urging Congress to Protect Our Nation’s Most Effective Hunger Alleviation Program

Plate of the Union, Award-Winning Chefs to Join Forces Urging Congress to Protect Our Nation’s Most Effective Hunger Alleviation Program

By | September 29th, 2017 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases - Food Policy Action |


Over 20 leading chefs and anti-hunger advocates from around the country to join Tom Colicchio next Wednesday for advocacy day with lawmakers WASHINGTON – Plate of the Union, a campaign focused on delivering a smarter approach to federal food policy, has enlisted the help the nation’s top chefs to tell lawmakers why protecting our nation’s…


Over 20 leading chefs and anti-hunger advocates from around the country to join Tom Colicchio next Wednesday for advocacy day with lawmakers WASHINGTON ...

Over 20 leading chefs and anti-hunger advocates from around the country to join Tom Colicchio next Wednesday for advocacy day with lawmakers

WASHINGTON – Plate of the Union, a campaign focused on delivering a smarter approach to federal food policy, has enlisted the help the nation’s top chefs to tell lawmakers why protecting our nation’s most effective hunger alleviation program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, must be a priority as Congress begins debate on the next farm bill.

The Plate of the Union campaign is a collaboration between Food Policy Action Education Fund and Environmental Working Group. On Wednesday, Oct. 4, FPA-EF Co-Founder Tom Colicchio, and EWG President and FPA-EF Co-Founder Ken Cook will be leading chefs in meetings with federal lawmakers to promote improving food policy, strengthening critical nutrition programs, and protecting SNAP.

More than 40 million low-income Americans, including one in four children, rely on SNAP each day to help put enough food on the table to survive. The resources used for the program are a major portion of the farm bill, which Congress must reauthorize every five years, and SNAP funding is always a target for deep cuts.

What: Interview opportunities with award-winning chefs and advocates at Plate of the Union Advocacy Day

Who: Chef, food advocate and FPA-EF Co-Founder Tom Colicchio
EWG President and FPA-EF Co-Founder Ken Cook
Over 20 top chefs and anti-hunger advocates

When & Where: Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET
Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.

Scheduled phone and in-person interviews may be conducted ahead of the event, and the advocacy day Wednesday is open to press. Please contact Betsy Barrett at betsy@foodpolicyation.org, or Alex Formuzis at alex@ewg.org, to set up interviews.

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About Plate of the Union: Plate of the Union (www.plateoftheunion.com) is a collaborative campaign of Food Policy Action Education Fund and Environmental Working Group to bring together consumers and policymakers on key issues affecting the next farm bill.

FPA-EF: Food Policy Action Education Fund is a 501(c)(3) organization that is a separate sister organization of Food Policy Action. The mission of FPA-EF is to provide a platform for public education and engagement on the impacts of federal policy on the food system.

EWG: The Environmental Working Group is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment. EWG’s mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment.

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.

JOHN LEGUIZAMO, JULIANNA MARGULIES AND 20 OTHER CELEBRITIES JOIN A PLACE AT THE TABLE’S FUEL THE POTENTIAL CAMPAIGN, DEMAND ACTION TO SOLVE HUNGER

JOHN LEGUIZAMO, JULIANNA MARGULIES AND 20 OTHER CELEBRITIES JOIN A PLACE AT THE TABLE’S FUEL THE POTENTIAL CAMPAIGN, DEMAND ACTION TO SOLVE HUNGER

By | June 27th, 2017 | Press Releases - FPA Education Fund | Tags: , ,


In powerful photos by award-winning photographer Danny Clinch, top celebrities share their faces to solve the problem of hunger facing one in four American children NEW YORK (Jun. 27, 2017) – A Place At The Table today launched its Fuel the Potential national photo ad campaign, bringing together dozens of well-known figures from entertainment, writing,…


In powerful photos by award-winning photographer Danny Clinch, top celebrities share their faces to solve the problem of hunger facing one in four Americ...

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In powerful photos by award-winning photographer Danny Clinch, top celebrities share their faces to solve the problem of hunger facing one in four American children

NEW YORK (Jun. 27, 2017)A Place At The Table today launched its Fuel the Potential national photo ad campaign, bringing together dozens of well-known figures from entertainment, writing, political activism and the culinary arts in photos shot by acclaimed photographer Danny Clinch. The ads are being rolled out to strengthen A Place At The Table’s ongoing multi-platform campaign to galvanize Americans and demand action to end hunger in the United States.

Over the next six months, photos of over twenty celebrities including John Leguizamo, Julianna Margulies, Josh Lucas, Questlove, Christian Siriano, Jarobi White, Edie Falco, Joseph Arthur, Sarah Jones, Zainab Salbi, Ted Allen, Rosie Perez, Waris Ahluwalia, Alexander Smalls, Michael Kelly, James Connolly, Jon Gray, Tom Colicchio, Jonathan Safran Foer, and others will be placed in prime media spots, on social media channels, and profiled on www.foodisfuel.org. Everyone can get involved by liking and sharing the celebrity photographs and by sharing their own stories on how food fueled their potential by using hashtag #FoodIsFuel.

“In the land of plenty, it is unacceptable that one in seven Americans go hungry every day,” said actor, father, and musician Michael Kelly. “I am part of this campaign because I believe more can and must be done to solve hunger and prevent drastic cuts to SNAP and the nutrition assistance programs that people rely on for basic and life-sustaining nutrition. I hope A Place At The Table’s campaign jolts more people into action, like it has me, in order to change the conversation and help solve hunger in our nation.”

“Hunger is a complex problem, but history shows it can be solved if our leaders make it a priority—we’ve done it before,” said Tom Colicchio, chef, food advocate, and co-founder of Food Policy Action Education Fund—the organization managing A Place At The Table. “This ad campaign seeks to galvanize a new energy around ending hunger while fostering solutions to make nutrition more affordable and accessible.”

“I am honored to be part of this fight to end hunger, fuel America’s potential, and prevent drastic cuts to the critical SNAP program,” said Zainab Salbi, humanitarian, author, and women’s rights activist. “We must step up to change the conversation and perception of hunger to fix the problem. We are all better off when we—and our neighbors—have enough food to eat.”

Nearly 16 million American households—including over 13 million children—face hunger. A Place At The Table is dedicated to building the public will required to support the public and private policies that can end hunger. “A Place At The Table wants Americans to know that in order for people to live up to their potential, they must have adequate nutrition,” said Lori Silverbush, producer of the documentary A Place At The Table. “We created this entire campaign to be bold. It had to be something that made people understand that in the end, hunger affects us all.”

Fuel the Potential photos feature actors, writers, designers, chefs, and musicians whose roads to reaching their dreams were made possible by getting the healthy, nutritious food they needed at a young age. “So many great and passionate people were part of this project, and this just seemed truly important to do right now at this moment,” said award-winning photographer Danny Clinch. “I wanted the shots to feel like a really soulful portrait and reflect how we can all use our reach to do good.”

BBH NY and media agency MEC are partnering with A Place At The Table. Tim Castree, Global CEO of MEC, said, “MEC is confident that featuring a group of such passionate individuals in prime media spots will inspire Americans to step up and solve this urgent problem in our country.”

The Fuel the Potential campaign is part of A Place At The Table’s multi-year and multi-platform effort to end hunger. In January, A Place At The Table kicked off its PSA campaign featuring former First Lady Michelle Obama and working Americans struggling with hunger. A Place At The Table will be rolling out more bold campaigns to solve hunger. In addition to ads with celebrities, the campaign plans to feature veterans, armed service members, students, families, seniors, and Americans from all walks of life.

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About Food Policy Action Education Fund: Food Policy Action Education Fund is a 501(c)(3) dedicated to providing a platform for public education about 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.

About BBH NY: BBH NY makes ambitious ideas for ambitious clients. Using the power of creativity for outsized impact on culture and business growth, they work with some of the most innovative marketers in the world and are consistently honored with the highest strategic and creative accolades. BBH NY won the 2016 Grand Prix for “Best Integrated Campaign” at the Cannes Lions Festival for Netflix’s House of Cards. Clients include PlayStation, Vaseline, Seamless, Harman Kardon and Macy’s. For more information, visit bartleboglehegarty.com/newyork.

About MEC: MEC is one of the world’s leading media agency networks and a founding partner of GroupM. 
MEC manages more international media assignments than any other network in integrated planning and buying; content and brand partnerships, including sports entertainment and cause marketing; mobile, multicultural and performance marketing; ad operations; and analytics. Their 5,000 highly talented and motivated people work with category-leading advertisers in 93 countries.

About “A Place At The Table” documentary: A Place At The Table is a 2013 documentary produced by Participant Media and released by Magnolia Films. It tells the powerful stories of average Americans who maintain their dignity even as they struggle just to eat. The movie shows how the issue could be solved forever, once the American public decides—as they have in the past—that ending hunger is in the best interest of us all.

FPA-EF Media Contact: Betsy Barrett | 202-997-3266 | betsy@foodpolicyaction.org

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