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Award-Winning Chefs Come to D.C., Urge Congress to Create Smarter Food Policy

Award-Winning Chefs Come to D.C., Urge Congress to Create Smarter Food Policy

By | April 27th, 2017 | Press Releases - FPA Education Fund |


Plate of the Union kicks off healthy food and clean water campaign, bringing over 30 chefs – including Tom Colicchio, José Andrés and Andrew Zimmern – to Capitol Hill WASHINGTON – Plate of the Union, a campaign to shift federal food policy to better serve all Americans, kicked off today with more than 30 top…


Plate of the Union kicks off healthy food and clean water campaign, bringing over 30 chefs – including Tom Colicchio, José Andrés and Andrew Zimmern ...

Plate of the Union kicks off healthy food and clean water campaign, bringing over 30 chefs – including Tom Colicchio, José Andrés and Andrew Zimmern – to Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON – Plate of the Union, a campaign to shift federal food policy to better serve all Americans, kicked off today with more than 30 top U.S. chefs convening on Capitol Hill to promote nutrition programs, clean drinking water and other environmental protections, consumer transparency, and standards that improve food safety and accessibility.

Food Policy Action Education Fund and the Environmental Working Group sponsored the kickoff of the campaign. Chef and food advocate Tom Colicchio, co-founder of FPA-EF, hosted the top chefs for a Plate of the Union farm bill summit and advocacy day on Capitol Hill.

The campaign is focused on raising awareness among lawmakers and consumers to promote a smarter approach to food policy ahead of the next farm bill, which Congress will begin debating in the coming months.

“For too many Americans, access to affordable, healthy and safe food is out of reach,” Colicchio said. “And it’s because Washington has been implementing backwards food and farming policy for decades. We are here to say enough is enough.”

Ken Cook, president of EWG and co-chair of FPA-EF, said consumers – not just Congress and agribusiness lobbyists – should have a voice in federal food policy.

“The nearly $1 trillion farm bill is really a food bill, profoundly affecting any American who eats, which means everyone,” said Cook. “We want our tax dollars spent to feed hungry kids safe, healthy and affordable food. We want everyone to have access to clean drinking water. And we want more local organic foods grown without unnecessary antibiotics and harmful fertilizers and pesticides.”

“This campaign is about protecting our basic right to healthy food, programs that will help end hunger in America, vital nutrition programs like SNAP, funding for healthy fruits and vegetables, and protecting the environment and our economy,” said José Andrés, an award-winning Washington chef.

“Ensure good, healthy, affordable and safe food for all Americans. It is that simple,” said chef Andrew Zimmern. “It is a right we should all be fighting for.”

The Plate of the Union campaign believes food and farm policies should fight hunger and food insecurity, revitalize land and reduce food waste, grow more organic food, and invest in clean water and healthy animals. These pillars stand up for healthy food, farms, families and communities.

Over the next year, the campaign will be back in Washington to make sure Congress gets the message that it’s time to make big changes to America’s food system that benefit consumers and the environment.

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

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

Scores for the members of the Senate and House agriculture committees

Scores for the members of the Senate and House agriculture committees

By | January 25th, 2017 | Blogs, FPA Blogs & News |


Below are the members of the House and Senate agriculture committees, including each member’s Food Policy Action score from the 2016 Food Policy Scorecard. Members without scores are new to the 115th Congress and will be scored by FPA in the coming year. You can also view subcommittee membership here: Senate agriculture subcommittees, House agriculture…


Below are the members of the House and Senate agriculture committees, including each member's Food Policy Action score from the 2016 Food Policy Scorecard....

Below are the members of the House and Senate agriculture committees, including each member’s Food Policy Action score from the 2016 Food Policy Scorecard. Members without scores are new to the 115th Congress and will be scored by FPA in the coming year. You can also view subcommittee membership here: Senate agriculture subcommittees, House agriculture subcommittees, Senate appropriations agriculture subcommittee, and House appropriations agriculture subcommittee.

Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry Members

Name State Party FPA Score
Michael Bennet CO D 70%
John Boozman AR R 33%
Sherrod Brown OH D 91%
Robert Casey PA D 87%
Thad Cochran MS R 50%
Steve Daines MT R 30%
Joe Donnelly IN D 60%
Joni Ernst IA R 30%
Kirsten Gillibrand NY D 100%
Chuck Grassley IA R 30%
Heidi Heitkamp ND D 50%
John Hoeven ND R 36%
Amy Klobuchar MN D 67%
Patrick Leahy VT D 92%
Mitch McConnell KY R 50%
David Perdue GA R 50%
Pat Roberts KS R 40%
Jeff Sessions AL R 60%
Debbie Stabenow MI D 90%
John Thune SD R 40%
Chris Van Hollen MD D 100%

 

House Committee on Agriculture Members

Name District Party FPA Score
Ralph Abraham LA-05 R 18%
Alma Adams NC-12 D 90%%
Rick Allen GA-12 R 19%
Jody Arrington TX-19 R NA
Don Bacon NE-02 R NA
Lisa Blunt Rochester DE-AL D NA
Mike Bost IL-12 R 14%
Cheri Bustos IL-17 D 69%
James Comer KY-01 R NA
Mike Conaway TX-11 R 25%
Jim Costa CA-16 D 50%
Rick Crawford AR-01 R 31%
Rodney Davis IL-13 R 33%
Jeff Denham CA-10 R 24%
Scott DesJarlais TN-04 R 20%
Neal Dunn FL-02 R NA
Dwight Evans PA-02 R NA
John Faso NY-18 R NA
Marcia Fudge OH-11 D 92%
Bob Gibbs OH-07 R 18%
Bob Goodlatte VA-06 R 25%
Vicky Hartzler MO-04 R 24%
Trent Kelly MS-01 R 27%
Steve King IA-04 R 27%
Ann Kuster NH-02 D 96%
Doug LaMalfa CA-01 R 24%
Al Lawson FL-05 D NA
Frank Lucas OK-03 R 25%
Michelle Lujan Grisham NM-01 D 95%
Sean Patrick Maloney NY-18 D 86%
Roger Marshall KS-01 R NA
Jim McGovern MA-02 D 100%
Rick Nolan MN-08 D 94%
Tom O’Halleran AZ-01 D NA
Jimmy Panetta CA-20 D NA
Collin Peterson MN-07 D 41%
Stacey Plaskett V.I. – AL D 100%
Mike Rogers AL-03 R 25%
David Rouzer NC-07 R 19%
David Scott GA-13 D 65%
Austin Scott GA-08 R 18%
Darren Soro FL-09 D NA
Glenn Thompson PA-05 R 94%
Filemon Vela TX-34 D 71%
Tim Walz MN-01 D 67%
Ted Yoho FL-03 R 19%

FPA Statement on the Sonny Perdue USDA Secretary Announcement

FPA Statement on the Sonny Perdue USDA Secretary Announcement

By | January 18th, 2017 | FPA Blogs & News |


Food Policy Action is releasing the following statement from its co-founder Tom Colicchio regarding the announcement that Sonny Perdue is being selected by President-elect Trump to serve as the next U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary: “Sonny Perdue’s record on food policy is light on substance and poor on action,” said Tom Colicchio, Food Policy Action…


Food Policy Action is releasing the following statement from its co-founder Tom Colicchio regarding the announcement that Sonny Perdue is being selected by...

Food Policy Action is releasing the following statement from its co-founder Tom Colicchio regarding the announcement that Sonny Perdue is being selected by President-elect Trump to serve as the next U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary:

“Sonny Perdue’s record on food policy is light on substance and poor on action,” said Tom Colicchio, Food Policy Action co-founder, food advocate and chef. “We need strong leadership to reform our food policy, promote affordable, nutritious and safe food, fight hunger, safeguard our lands and clean water, and protect our farmers and farm workers, not someone who is weak on oversight and in the pocket of Big Ag. We can and must do better than Governor Perdue.”

“A Place at The Table” Launches National Anti-Hunger Media Campaign Featuring First Lady Michelle Obama

“A Place at The Table” Launches National Anti-Hunger Media Campaign Featuring First Lady Michelle Obama

By | January 4th, 2017 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases - Food Policy Action |


Food Policy Action Education Fund collaborates with major media partners to support campaign and help change the conversation around hunger in America WASHINGTON, DC: (Jan. 4, 2016) Today, Food Policy Action Education Fund (FPA-EF) announced the launch of A Place at the Table, a three-year national media campaign to inspire America and our leaders to…


Food Policy Action Education Fund collaborates with major media partners to support campaign and help change the conversation around hunger in America W...

Food Policy Action Education Fund collaborates with major media partners to support campaign and help change the conversation around hunger in America

WASHINGTON, DC: (Jan. 4, 2016) Today, Food Policy Action Education Fund (FPA-EF) announced the launch of A Place at the Table, a three-year national media campaign to inspire America and our leaders to make ending hunger in the U.S. a national priority.  Backed by $300M of donated media from major media partners – including broadcast, digital, out of home and print advertising – A Place at the Table kicks off its campaign with a new public service announcement (PSA) featuring First Lady Michelle Obama. The PSA, which can be viewed here, features working Americans struggling with hunger and encourages viewers to fuel the potential of every child by demanding action from our nation’s leaders to fix the problem.

“Americans face hunger in every single state, city and town in our country, and it’s driving up healthcare costs, holding children back from reaching their full potential in school, and hurting the productivity of our workforce,” said Tom Colicchio, Food Policy Action Education Fund co-founder, chef and food advocate. “Simply put: America can’t be great on an empty stomach. If we are going to fulfill our potential as a country, we need to make sure adequate nutrition is affordable for every working person in this country and bolster programs for children, veterans, and seniors. I am excited to have FPA-EF manage this campaign to help change the conversations about hunger.”  

The campaign was inspired by the 2013 documentary A Place at the Table, directed by Lori Silverbush, and Kristi Jacobson.  “Everywhere we filmed, we found the same thing.” said Silverbush. “Americans, struggling to feed their families, in both red states and blue, often while working one or more jobs. Returning veterans going hungry. Kids who couldn’t focus in school.  Working families that simply ran out of food before the end of the month and then were forced to make heartbreaking choices between food and medicine, or food and rent. We learned that hunger is a solvable problem, if our nation makes ending it a priority. And we heard from thousands of people telling us they wanted to be part of the solution. And that’s what this campaign is all about.”  

“This is a problem we can fix,” said Willy Ritch, FPA-EF’s campaign manager for A Place at the Table. “But we need to change the conversation about hunger and change some basic misconceptions about who goes hungry in this country. We want to bring about that change and help create the political will to solve this problem. We’ve got a great team and a massive amount of donated media to get this message out, and we’re very excited about getting to work.”

FPA-EF is running the multi-media campaign with guidance from the Alliance to End Hunger, a diverse coalition of over 90 corporations, non-profits, faith-based organizations, universities, foundations, international organizations, and individuals working to build the public and political will to end hunger. “We are excited about this opportunity to work with FPA-EF to change the perception on the faces and reasons behind food insecurity in the United States. This is critical to building the will to end hunger,” said Rebecca Middleton, Executive Director of the Alliance to End Hunger.

The team behind the ads includes Silverbush and the creative team at groundbreaking New York-based creative agency BBH (Bartle Bogle Hegarty). In addition to the first PSA featuring First Lady Michelle Obama, A Place at the Table is launching an ongoing photo ad campaign by award-winning photographer Danny Clinch, in which top artists, celebrities, writers, athletes, and leaders make the case that adequate food fuels human potential and achievement (#FoodIsFuel). The first round of ads feature well-known stars such as Norman Reedus, Questlove, Julianna Margulies, Edie Falco, and Rosie Perez. Along with the ads, A Place at the Table will be rolling out a cutting-edge online, mobile and social campaign that will use innovative and proven methods of digital engagement to turn the awareness created by the advertising into on-the-ground grass-roots advocacy and activism.

Mediavest | Spark has provided strategic support for the campaign. Media for the broad scale initiative will be launched with more than 35 partners across national and local TV, as well as digital, social, and audio including large cross channel conglomerates such as Viacom and iheartmedia. Partners such as Buzzfeed and POPSUGAR will also play a key role with their influential platforms. Launching later in January/February will be print and outdoor media in key geographies.

“The election of 2016 showed us that Americans are ready for a change,” said Colicchio. “There are a few things that everyone in this country can agree upon; that veterans shouldn’t go hungry is one of them. Ending hunger for children and seniors is another. Fixing this will have an enormous impact on our kids’ educational outcomes. It will provide a giant boost for our economy and propel our nation forward in an increasingly competitive global environment. Besides…it’s the right thing to do.”

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About Food Policy Action Education Fund: 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.

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 Mediavest | Spark USA: Mediavest | Spark is one of five global media agency brands within the Publicis Media solutions hub, a division of Publicis Groupe. Led by CEO Chris Boothe, Mediavest | Spark USA leverages an agency footprint that includes offices in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle and Detroit in the U.S., along with the additional resources of the full Publicis Media organization that spans 100 countries with more than 13,500 employees worldwide.

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.

About the PSA: “Fuel the Potential” was produced by Magical Elves and BBH. Directed by Lori Silverbush; Cinematography by Phil Parmet; Music arranged and performed by Joseph Arthur; Casting by Meg Morman at Morman Boling Casting; Edited by Jim Schwartz; Mixed at Nylon Studios, NYC.

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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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