New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee
UPDATE: May 18th, 2018:
The House of Representatives plans to vote on their version of the 2018 Farm Bill Friday May 18th. Despite considerable effort from farmer and food policy groups, legislators maintained a farm bill that includes harsher work requirements for SNAP recipients, and funding cuts to myriad farmer-income supporting programs ranging from conservation to value-added production grants. If representatives knowingly vote against constituents' wishes, their political power is weakened along with our food system.
YOU can call, tweet, message, and e-mail Representatives Richmond (D) and Scalise (R) to remind them about the effect that proposed program cuts will have for our area, and that their constituents are paying attention to whether they vote for or against a harmful Farm Bill.
“I strongly urge you to vote in a way that does not increase work requirements or add restrictions that would limit participation. In Louisiana, 1 in 5 families receive SNAP benefits. In addition to helping families with food, SNAP is also a major economic driver for grocers of all size; in 2017, nearly 5,000 retailers accepted SNAP for a total of $1.4 billion to our local economy. Cutting SNAP in any way is a loss to our economy and our health.”
“I urge you to maintain support for programs such as the Local Food Promotion Program and Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program and 2501 loans, which help support farmers and connect them to new markets and opportunities. With a state as steeped in agriculture as Louisiana, a cut to these programs would hurt farmers and their families and communities."
Representative Cedric Richmond
Representative Steve Scalise
"6 Things to Watch in the House Farm Bill..." (Paywall) Washington Post, May 18th, 2018