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Food Policy Action Statement on Trump Proposal to Deny Food Assistance to 3 Million People

Food Policy Action Statement on Trump Proposal to Deny Food Assistance to 3 Million People

By | July 24th, 2019 | Press Releases - FPA Education Fund |

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“Unfortunately, this latest attack on struggling Americans will increase hunger in the United States—including for our most vulnerable: our children and seniors,” said Monica Mills, Executive Director of Food Policy Action.


WASHINGTON, July 24, 2019 —The Trump administration has issued a proposed rule to take food assistance away from 3 million people—completely contrary ...

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2019 —The Trump administration has issued a proposed rule to take food assistance away from 3 million people—completely contrary to the decisions that Congress made in a bipartisan farm bill passed at the end of last year. This rule would make people in need ineligible to participate in the nation’s first line of defense against hunger, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), even though the Administration’s own U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that this action will increase food insecurity in the United States.

“Unfortunately, this latest attack on struggling Americans will increase hunger in the United States—including for our most vulnerable: our children and seniors,” said Monica Mills, Executive Director of Food Policy Action.

“Their proposed change would ban the categorical eligibility option that allows states to cut through red tape to help hungry families put food on their tables. Why in the world would the Administration want to do this other than to hurt the poor? This is cruel. Period. More families, more children, more seniors, and more people with disabilities will go hungry. More will worry about their next meal and how to put food on their tables. In addition, this rule will harm local economies—especially in rural areas—where every SNAP dollar puts $1.70 back into the economy to grocery stores, distribution centers, and farmers.”

“Since SNAP began, it has helped millions of Americans stave off hunger. The Trump administration should build on SNAP’s successes instead of working to undercut it. This proposed rule should never be implemented,” Mills concluded.

FPA will join other advocacy organizations to add comments opposing this rule. The 60-day public comment period begins July 24.

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Healthy, Safe, Affordable Food for All—How Can We Make Sure Our Food is Safe?

Healthy, Safe, Affordable Food for All—How Can We Make Sure Our Food is Safe?

By | July 18th, 2019 | Blogs, FPA Blogs & News |

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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently announced that the e. coli outbreaks sickening more than 200 people across ten states earlier this spring are officially over. Working with the CDC, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is tasked with keeping the public safe from contaminated food and can order mandatory recalls of dangerous foods to get them off of store shelves. But let’s stop for a minute and ask: why are these outbreaks happening in the first place?


The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently announced that the e. coli outbreaks sickening more than 200 people across ten states earlier this spring ar...

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently announced that the e. coli outbreaks sickening more than 200 people across ten states earlier this spring are officially over. The outbreaks were traced to two brands of ground beef and public health officials recalled more than 166,000 pounds of meat. This recall is just the latest in a series of food-borne illness outbreaks of e. coli and salmonella that have sickened consumers of contaminated ground beef, turkey, and lettuce over the last year.   

Working with the CDC, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is tasked with keeping the public safe from contaminated food and can order mandatory recalls of dangerous foods to get them off of store shelves. But let’s stop for a minute and ask: why are these outbreaks happening in the first place?

Food safety advocates point to weak enforcement standards that don’t prioritize public safety and too little federal funding for inspectors to enforce existing laws and regulations. It’s disheartening and unsafe to know that some of the most popular brands of chicken in local supermarket have one or more processing plants that fail to meet salmonella safety standards but aren’t shut down. Why?

In addition, outbreaks are hard to isolate when chicken, hogs, and cows are slaughtered, butchered, and ground in massive plants, where contamination has the chance to spread widely. Meat companies are also more likely to cut corners if they don’t have to worry about frequent inspections. In fact, slaughterhouse owners have persuaded USDA to allow slaughterhouses to increase the speed at which workers kill and process pigs and chickens, to stop cleaning slaughtered animals before butchering them, and to set their own rules for contamination. USDA even wants to let slaughterhouses use their own employees to monitor plants, instead of outside USDA inspectors.

Could consumers simply avoid buying from these processing companies? Maybe. But it’s not so easy for Americans who struggle with hunger or for certain schoolchildren. The U.S. government regularly purchases from major meat and poultry companies like Smithfield, JBS, Tyson, and Cargill to give to food banks and school lunch programs—which is great on one hand but perhaps not as safe as we would hope.

Food Policy Action will continue to work with Congress to advocate for additional and more effective federal inspections along with tightened enforcement. But we all need to stay vigilant — keep your eyes peeled for the next recall. Because there will definitely be one.

PRESS STATEMENT ON 2018 FARM BILL

PRESS STATEMENT ON 2018 FARM BILL

By | December 11th, 2018 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases, Press Releases - Food Policy Action |


Food Policy Action Executive Director Monica Mills released the following statement on the 2018 Farm Bill:

“The conferees for the 2018 Farm Bill have come together to deliver a bipartisan bill. Great work was done across the aisle—especially by Senators Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN-07)—as they and other leaders pushed back on the mean-spirited work requirements in the House version, protected most environmental programs, and permanently funded Local Agriculture Market Programs and other programs for beginning farmers, organic farmers, and certain Tribal provisions.”


For Immediate release: December 11, 2018 CONTACT: Monica Mills, 202-365-6696   PRESS STATEMENT ON 2018 FARM BILL Food Policy Action is Satisfied...

For Immediate release: December 11, 2018
CONTACT: Monica Mills, 202-365-6696

 

PRESS STATEMENT ON 2018 FARM BILL

Food Policy Action is Satisfied with Final Bill Out of Conference Committee

WASHINGTON – Food Policy Action Executive Director Monica Mills released the following statement on the 2018 Farm Bill:

“The conferees for the 2018 Farm Bill have come together to deliver a bipartisan bill. Great work was done across the aisle—especially by Senators Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN-07)—as they and other leaders pushed back on the mean-spirited work requirements in the House version, protected most environmental programs, and permanently funded Local Agriculture Market Programs and other programs for beginning farmers, organic farmers, and certain Tribal provisions. These are big steps. Some really awful riders were eliminated in conference. Unfortunately, however, in Title I, commodity payments remain skewed to the largest and wealthiest farmers.

“In our analysis of six years of votes by House members, An Eater’s Guide to Congress, the data is clear that issues around food have become even more partisan than ever before. There has been a systematic strategy in the House to oppose policies that might create a more balanced food system. These strategies were not acceptable to us and we’re really happy they weren’t acceptable to the conferees.

“The Farm Bill should really be called the Food Bill because it affects everything that gets to our plates. It should provide healthy, safe, affordable food for everyone ensuring that healthy food is not a luxury. A tomato should not cost more than a package of cookies at a convenience store—as it does today. We’re not there yet. Strong, bipartisan efforts went into this final version to protect hungry families, preserve our environment, and strengthen local food programs. While not ideal, these all make for a farm bill that makes great strides forward.”

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Hungry And Afraid — Take Action! Part 3

Hungry And Afraid — Take Action! Part 3

By | December 3rd, 2018 | Blogs, FPA Blogs & News |

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There is still time to make your voice heard! By law, the federal government must consider and respond to comments from the public when they propose new rules. This is your chance to let them know that this misguided rule takes the health of our country’s families in the wrong direction.

The comment deadline is December 10. There are only 7 more days to take action, so submit your comment today!


There is still time to make your voice heard! By law, the federal government must consider and respond to comments from the public when they propose new ru...

There is still time to make your voice heard! By law, the federal government must consider and respond to comments from the public when they propose new rules. This is your chance to let them know that this misguided rule takes the health of our country’s families in the wrong direction.

The comment deadline is December 10. There are only 7 more days to take action, so submit your comment today! And, if you’ve never submitted a comment before, you can see examples from other anti-hunger voices here.

Remember, it’s more effective to make your comments personal by sharing why you care about the impact of this proposed rule, and any stories of how it has affected you personally. You can use the following information to emphasize the importance of early childhood nutrition to lifelong health and productivity, for instance:

Make your voice heard! Engaging in the comment process is one of the most important ways that you can shape policies. After you’ve commented, please let your friends and family know, and share on social media, so that they can take action, too!

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