Food group endorses Clinton-Kaine Presidential ticket and 12 candidates in top Congressional races Washington, D.C. – Today, Food Policy Action, an organization dedicated to educating the public about the votes their elected leaders take on critically important food issues, endorsed candidates in twelve of the most competitive Congressional races i n the country as well…
Food group endorses Clinton-Kaine Presidential ticket and 12 candidates in top Congressional races
Washington, D.C. – Today, Food Policy Action, an organization dedicated to educating the public about the votes their elected leaders take on critically important food issues, endorsed candidates in twelve of the most competitive Congressional races i n the country as well as in the Presidential race.
For the first time, FPA is weighing in on the most important political race in the country and supporting Hillary Clinton for President.
FPA endorses Hillary Clinton for her strong record supporting good food policies including maintaining a strong safety net for America’s most vulnerable, promoting water and land conservation and sustainable farming, increasing access to healthy food, upholding strong worker rights and fair wages, funding enhanced food safety inspections, and providing more consumer transparency. Unlike Secretary Clinton, Donald Trump has been on the record in support of food policies that would be harmful to our food system – specifically, his opposition to consumer transparency, his objections to vital sa fety net programs for America’s seniors and families, and his uninformed plan to dissolve the FDA.
“The Clinton-Kaine ticket is the better choice to make our food and agriculture system more balanced, healthy and sustainable,” said Tom Colicchio, co-founder of Food Policy Action, chef, and food advocate. “Food is political, and it matters in this election. We all feel the impact of the food system’s successes and its failures up and down the food chain. Our out of balance food system is truly failing the American public, and we need a strong leader in the White House who will prioritize fixing our food system. We urge all voters who care about good food policy to support Hillary Clinton for president and help get out the vote this year.”
FPA continues to hold Congress accountable for their votes on food and agriculture. For the first time, FPA is endorsing candidates in 12 of the most competitive races in the country, with a goal of electing more and better food leaders across the country. FPA is committed to helping Congress have more effective leaders on food and agriculture issues to drive more bipartisan solutions and market signals that can move the dial forward for good food policies.
FPA supports the following candidates in the most competitive races with failing food policy incumbents:
1. Illinois: FPA endorses challenger Rep. Tammy Duckworth over incumbent Sen. Mark Kirk (FPA 2015 Score 40%)
2. Missouri: FPA endorses challenger Jason Kander over incumbent Sen. Roy Blunt (FPA Score 40%)
3. North Carolina: FPA endorses challenger Deborah Ross over incumbent Sen. Richard Burr (FPA 2015 Score 40%)
4. Ohio: FPA endorses challenger Ted Strickland over incumbent Sen. Rob Portman (FPA Score 40%)
5. Pennsylvania: FPA endorses challenger Katie McGinty over incumbent Sen. Pat Toomey (FPA 2015 Score 40%)
6. Wisconsin: FPA endorses challenger Russ Feingold over incumbent Sen. Ron Johnson (FPA 2015 Score 40%)
7. CA-10: FPA endorses challenger Michael Eggman over incumbent Rep. Jeff Denham (FPA 2015 Score 20%)
8. CA-21: FPA endorses challenger Emilio Huerta over incumbent Rep. David Valadao (FPA 2015 Score 18%)
9. IA-01: FPA endorses challenger Monica Vernon over incumbent Rep. Rod Blum (FPA 2015 Score: 18%)
10. IL-10: FPA endorses challenger Brad Schneider over incumbent Rep. Bob Dold (FPA 2015 Score 30%)
11. NJ-05: FPA endorses challenger Josh Gottheimer over incumbent Rep. Scott Garrett (FPA 2015 Score: 30%)
12. NY-01: FPA endorses challenger Anna Throne-Holst over incumbent Rep. Lee Zeldin (FPA 2015 Score 50%)
“Expanding our involvement in elections across the country is an essential strategy to strengthen our political prowess and empower voters to vote with their forks at the polls,” said Ken Cook, Food Policy Action’s cofounder and board chairman. “By letting voters in these competitive districts know that these incumbents are serving them rotten food policies and that there are more and better options out there, we’re making the good food movement relevant to the voter constituency. FPA knows food only wins when good food candidates do. We will keep doing all that we can to elect better food leaders in Congress because we know that will ultimately lead to better food policy that the American public deserves.”
About Food Policy Action:
Food Policy Action was established in 2012 through a collaboration of national food policy leaders in order to hold legislators accountable on votes that have an effect on food and farming. Our goal is to change the national dialogue on food policy by educating the public on how elected officials are voting on these issues. Through education and the National Food Policy Scorecard, more people will be armed with the information they need to vote with their forks and elect more food policy leaders across the country.
Endorsements made by Food Policy Action, www.foodpolicyaction.org, are not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.
Wednesday, September 13, 2016 Media Contact:Betsy BarrettFood Policy Actionbetsy@foodpolicyaction.org(202) 997-3266 FPA Executive Director Earns Spot On Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink 2016 List Claire Benjamin DiMattina is spotlighted as top leader in food and drink WASHINGTON, DC — Today the editors of Food & Wine and Fortune magazines released their list of women…
Wednesday, September 13, 2016
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WASHINGTON, DC — Today the editors of Food & Wine and Fortune magazines released their list of women entrepreneurs, activists and leaders in the food world who have helped transform the industry and the way people eat and drink. Twenty women were spotlighted on the 2016 Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink list.
One of the women featured on this year’s list is Food Policy Action’s Executive Director, Claire Benjamin Dimattina. DiMattina oversees FPA’s advocacy, policy, political and fundraising efforts which have grown exponentially over the years. She helped launch FPA and FPA-EF after serving on the Hill for over 10 years directing food policy and legislative affairs for food policy champions Senator Leahy, Congressman Peter Welch and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree.
“We are so happy, but not in the least bit surprised that Claire is being honored among this esteemed list of women,” said FPA co-founder, “Top Chef” head judge and food advocate Tom Colicchio. “As co-founder of Food Policy Action, I’ve witnessed Claire’s incredible tenacity and expertise in food policy. Her leadership on this issue is unmatched on the Hill, and she has significantly moved the dial forward in holding Congress accountable to fix our broken food system. We appreciate her strong commitment to this important issue and could not be more grateful and proud to have her at the helm of our organization.”
The list highlights DiMattina’s leadership on policies that impact childhood nutrition, increase access to healthy food, and support farmers. To view an online copy of the article, click here.
Last night, Food Policy Action (FPA) issued the following statement on the U.S. Senate’s passage of S. 764, the GMO labeling bill negotiated by Sens. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Debbie Stabenow, (D-Mich.): “Food Policy Action recognizes the significance of this compromise proposal and applauds Senator Stabenow’s leadership and strong bipartisan efforts to move the dial…
Last night, Food Policy Action (FPA) issued the following statement on the U.S. Senate’s passage of S. 764, the GMO labeling bill negotiated by Sens. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Debbie Stabenow, (D-Mich.):
“Food Policy Action recognizes the significance of this compromise proposal and applauds Senator Stabenow’s leadership and strong bipartisan efforts to move the dial forward for consumer transparency in our food system. This bipartisan compromise, while far from perfect, takes steps toward transparency for the consumer around GMOs in food products and strengthens organic labeling protections. Unfortunately, this bill falls short of a mandatory on-pack national disclosure standard, and ultimately Food Policy Action alerted Congress that it would negatively score votes on the bill.”
School Breakfasts and Lunches are a Primary Source of Fresh Foods for Students Washington, DC –Today, Plate of the Union, a grassroots campaign fighting for bold action to reform our out of balance food and farm policies, called on Congress to ensure the next Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) bill responsibly meets students’ needs for fresh and healthy foods and for the presidential candidates to voice…
School Breakfasts and Lunches are a Primary Source of Fresh Foods for Students
Washington, DC –Today, Plate of the Union, a grassroots campaign fighting for bold action to reform our out of balance food and farm policies, called on Congress to ensure the next Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) bill
“The Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill is an opportunity for Congress to show the nation’s commitment to improving children’s health. With a strong child nutrition bill, we can start to tackle troubling trends like the rising risk of type-2 diabetes and the falling life expectancy for children,” said Tom Colicchio, Food Policy Action co-founder and Plate of the Union advisor. “At this vital moment in food policy — and with two very different CNR bills being considered in Congress — presidential candidates should make their positions known and provide voters with an understanding of how they would ensure access to nutritious options for our children.”
The health of our children is a national issue that should be a top priority for all politicians as they develop new policies with far-reaching implications in and out of schools. A key part of Plate of the Union’s work includes calling on candidates to commit to pushing forward policies that keep our kids healthy, stop companies from marketing junk food to kids, and end subsidies that support processed junk food.
“Research shows that children receiving free and reduced-price lunches at school are more likely to consume fruits and vegetables than other students. At the same time, these children are also more likely to eat junk food outside of school, which contributes the likelihood of chronic diet-related diseases now and in the future,” said Ashley Koff, RD, and Plate of the Union Advisory Board member. “Clearly, the federal school lunch program is a lifeline for millions of kids, and an example of how smart investments today can curtail health care costs tomorrow. With funding for national child nutrition programs being voted upon this year, the presidential candidates should share their views on these programs as well as their plans for making bold reforms to our food system so that children have access to healthy meals at school and at home.”
Plate of the Union members joined other national hunger and food policy advocates on Capitol Hill this week to speak up about the importance of supporting child nutrition and to raise concerns about the failure to do so.
About Plate of the Union: Plate of the Union is a collaborative campaign driven by Food Policy Action, Food Policy Action Education Fund, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and the HEAL Food Alliance to raise the voice of Americans who care about food and farm issues during this election season. More can be found at www.plateoftheunion.com.