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Why Food Policy Matters

There are few issues more important than the food we eat. Advocating for good food policies and electing food policy leaders are the best ways to get to the heart of many issues facing our food system today, including hunger, food safety and sustainable farming.

Pending Food Policies

Congress is considering many pieces of legislation that would make food healthier, safer, more affordable and better for you and the environment.

Child Nutrition

H.R. 203 Summer Meals Act of 2017
This bill would expand the summer meal program by increasing the areas in which it operates, reimbursing institutions that serve meals and snacks outside of school hours (after school, weekends, and holidays), and establishing competitive USDA grants to increase participation in the program.

Fisheries and Clean Water

H.R. 1284  To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to require labeling of genetically engineered fish This bill would amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to require all food products containing genetically engineered fish to be labeled as such.

H.R. 1284  Prevention of Escapement of Genetically Altered Salmon in the United States ActThis bill would prohibit the shipping, transporting, selling, or purchasing of genetically altered finfish or foods containing those fish in commerce, as well as possessing these products with the intent to transport, ship, purchase, or sell them. The bill would also prohibit engaging in net-pen aquaculture of genetically altered fish and the release of those fish into the natural environment.

H.R. 1284  Assistance, Quality, and Affordability (AQUA) Act
This bill would Increase funding for communities with aging water systems in need of repair and increase grant programs to remove lead pipes from public water systems.

Food Assistance and Food Access

H.R. 609 Food Donation Act of 2017
This bill would expand food donation under the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 to extend liability protections to food donated directly to the hungry, and to allow the donation of foods that are labeled in ways that do not affect safety (“sell by” dates, for example).

H.R. 1189 Anti-hunger Empowerment Act of 2017
This bill would reduce administrative requirements in the SNAP application process, authorizes funding to increase access to SNAP offices, and establishes grants for local charitable feeding organizations.

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Food Policy Action's Mission / Our Mission

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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