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FPA Executive Director Earns Spot On Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink 2016 List

FPA Executive Director Earns Spot On Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink 2016 List

By | September 14th, 2016 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases - Food Policy Action |


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 Media Contact:Betsy BarrettFood Policy Actionbetsy@foodpolicyaction.org(202) 997-3266 FPA Executive Director Earns Spot...

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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 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.

Food Policy Action Statement on Senate GMO Labeling Bill

Food Policy Action Statement on Senate GMO Labeling Bill

By | July 8th, 2016 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases - Food Policy Action |


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...

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.”

Plate of the Union Calls on Congress to Put Health First in Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill

Plate of the Union Calls on Congress to Put Health First in Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill

By | June 10th, 2016 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases - Food Policy Action |


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 fig...

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 their position on the ongoing child nutrition and school meals debate.

“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.

 

Food Policy Action On Capitol Hill Opposing Block Granting of Child Nutrition Programs

Food Policy Action On Capitol Hill Opposing Block Granting of Child Nutrition Programs

By | June 9th, 2016 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases - Food Policy Action |


Statement by FPA Executive Director Claire Benjamin DiMattina WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Food Policy Action (FPA) issued the following statement from its Executive Director Claire Benjamin DiMattina. The organization is on Capitol Hill with other leading hunger and nutrition advocates from across the nation to voice strong opposition to the three-state block grant proposal added…


Statement by FPA Executive Director Claire Benjamin DiMattina WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Food Policy Action (FPA) issued the following statement from its...

Statement by FPA Executive Director Claire Benjamin DiMattina

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Food Policy Action (FPA) issued the following statement from its Executive Director Claire Benjamin DiMattina. The organization is on Capitol Hill with other leading hunger and nutrition advocates from across the nation to voice strong opposition to the three-state block grant proposal added into the already political non-starter House Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) bill (H.R. 5003):

We are here today – advocates from across the country and all sides of the aisle – to make sure Congress knows that we strongly oppose any effort to block grant child nutrition programs,” said Claire Benjamin DiMattina, FPA Executive Director. “Healthy food for kids shouldn’t be a high-risk gamble. As if the House CNR bill was not already bad enough, the current block grant proposal takes the bill further in the wrong direction, ultimately gambling with school children’s basic nutrition. Congress needs to stop this harmful bill in its tracks and put the health and nutrition of children ahead of politics. We will continue to fight for a CNR that puts our children first and ensures that no school child goes hungry and that all children have access to nutritious school meals.

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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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