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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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Two Key House Members Targeted by Food Policy Action During Campaign Go Down in Defeat

Two Key House Members Targeted by Food Policy Action During Campaign Go Down in Defeat

By | November 7th, 2018 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases - Food Policy Action, Press Releases - FPA Education Fund |

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Food Policy Action’s digital campaign targeting a slice of eligible voters with a powerful message about safe, healthy, affordable food and the ways it reaches our plates helped make the difference in two of the mostly closely watched Congressional races in the country.


Food Policy Action’s digital campaign targeting a slice of eligible voters with a powerful message about safe, healthy, affordable food and the ways it r...

Food Policy Action’s digital campaign targeting a slice of eligible voters with a powerful message about safe, healthy, affordable food and the ways it reaches our plates helped make the difference in two of the mostly closely watched Congressional races in the country.

In Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, Congressman Dave Brat (R) has an 8% lifetime score on Food Policy Action’s An Eater’s Guide to Congress Scorecard.  In California’s 25th Congressional District, Congressman Steve Knight (R) has a 32% lifetime score on Food Policy Action’s An Eater’s Guide to Congress Scorecard.

In these districts, Food Policy Action-Education Fund used social media to get out a message about Congressmen Brat’s and Knight’s poor records on how food gets to their families’ plates. FPA focused solely on a select group of low-turnout voters where we could make the most difference and then leveraged messages from FPA’s chef network highlighting their “Recipes for Voting” to these individuals, urging them to get to the polls and vote.

RESULT: Dave Brat was defeated by Abigail Spanberger by less than 1.5%.

RESULT: Steve Knight was defeated by Katie Hill by 2.5%.

Food Policy Action reached out to busy, low-information women voters through paid, targeted advertising on social media. We chose key districts where our message could make a difference and that no other organization’s message could persuade in the same way.

“The bottom line is that in this election, FPA was the right messenger to persuade and motivate these voters on the critical issues before Congress about how and who has access to healthy and affordable food – something many of these folks think about with every single meal,” said Monica Mills, Executive Director. “They needed the information we could provide – and validate – to become informed voters and get to the polls. Our elected leaders in Congress should take positions that bolster a safe, healthy, and accessible food system. And these voters helped deliver that important message by pushing out two of the worst bad actors in Congress on food policy.”

Polling information from Lake Research Partners indicated that messages around “healthy, safe, affordable food for all” can persuade low-propensity voters in suburban areas–especially unmarried, college-educated women, with or without children. These voters expect incumbents to vote for good food policies, and when they find out that their representatives have voted otherwise, they are rightfully angry.

VIDEOS:  Below are links to our “Recipe for Voting” videos taped by leaders within our chef network.

Food Policy Action Education Fund Condemns the Passage of the House Farm Bill

Food Policy Action Education Fund Condemns the Passage of the House Farm Bill

By | June 21st, 2018 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases, Press Releases - FPA Education Fund |

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the House of Representatives passed its version of the Farm Bill (H.R. 2) by only two votes. “This bill, from its inception through today’s passage, has been a hot mess for everyone except big-ag farm operations,” said Food Policy Action Executive Director Monica Mills. “The bill that passed today cuts SNAP benefits for hungry families and children, the protections that ensure poisons are kept out of the food on our plates, and funding for local and regional farm programs. House members made these cuts to create additional loopholes for wealthy corporate farmers. This is just plain wrong.”


For Immediate Release Media Contact: Monica Mills 202-365-6696 monica@foodpolicyaction.org WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the House of Representatives pa...

For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Monica Mills
202-365-6696
monica@foodpolicyaction.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the House of Representatives passed its version of the Farm Bill (H.R. 2) by only two votes. “This bill, from its inception through today’s passage, has been a hot mess for everyone except big-ag farm operations,” said Food Policy Action Executive Director Monica Mills. “The bill that passed today cuts SNAP benefits for hungry families and children, the protections that ensure poisons are kept out of the food on our plates, and funding for local and regional farm programs. House members made these cuts to create additional loopholes for wealthy corporate farmers. This is just plain wrong.”

Mills added, “We are now saddled with a bill that will take food out of the mouths of hungry children and pour billions of taxpayer dollars into the overflowing bank accounts of big-ag farm operations. This is unconscionable. We look now to the Senate for a common-sense farm bill that balances the needs of all Americans.”

Food Policy Action will include this vote in its seventh annual Food Policy Action Scorecard available in October 2018.

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.

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Food Policy Action Education Fund Calls on Senate Agriculture Committee to Protect Anti-Hunger Assistance, Bolster Conservation Funding, Support Local Food Programs

Food Policy Action Education Fund Calls on Senate Agriculture Committee to Protect Anti-Hunger Assistance, Bolster Conservation Funding, Support Local Food Programs

By | June 12th, 2018 | Press Releases, Press Releases - FPA Education Fund |

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WASHINGTON – Ahead of the Senate Agriculture Committee’s markup of its version of the farm bill tomorrow, Food Policy Action-Education Fund (FPA-EF) urged members of the panel to protect the vital nutrition program that helps more than 40 million struggling Americans feed themselves and their families. “The farm bill is really a food bill for…


WASHINGTON – Ahead of the Senate Agriculture Committee’s markup of its version of the farm bill tomorrow, Food Policy Action-Education Fund (FPA-EF) ur...

WASHINGTON – Ahead of the Senate Agriculture Committee’s markup of its version of the farm bill tomorrow, Food Policy Action-Education Fund (FPA-EF) urged members of the panel to protect the vital nutrition program that helps more than 40 million struggling Americans feed themselves and their families.

“The farm bill is really a food bill for millions of hardworking Americans who struggle to have enough food to put on the table for themselves and their children,” said FPA-EF Executive Director Monica Mills. “Members of the Senate Agriculture Committee have worked in a bipartisan fashion to provide program integrity and offer common-sense employee training programs, including public-private partnership opportunities. We are watching to make sure the committee continues to protect access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that helps roughly one in four children in the U.S. get enough to eat.”

FPA-EF’s priorities for the 2018 Farm Bill – in addition to protecting the nutrition assistance title from cuts or additional onerous work requirements – includes shielding conservation programs from further cuts in funding, and bolstering local food and farming initiatives.

“Pollution from agricultural runoff is the leading cause of water contamination coming out of the faucets of rural American homes,” Mills said. “We want the Senate to use this opportunity to help farmers become better stewards of the land by strengthening the bill’s conservation programs.”

The House version of the farm bill failed to garner enough votes to pass last month. It sought to remove roughly 2 million Americans from SNAP, cut nearly $1 billion from conservation programs, and zero out funding for local farmers market initiatives and programs to help farmers transition to organic.

“The House farm bill was unconscionable—it would have given more loopholes to Big Ag operations at the expense of hungry children. Now, the Senate has the opportunity to benefit all Americans, not just corporate farm operations,” Mills added. “The interests of hungry people, all of us who demand clean water, and family farmers should be the Senate’s top priorities as it begins to markup the bill.”

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