Advocating for sound food policy can be intimidating, but it is so important. This guide will help you better advocate for the important policies you want to impact.
Here are a few ways to get your voice heard.
Making Public comment-
Many times, you are able to make public comment on a website or email. Each unique comment must be read by policymakers and recorded. Your comment will be public record, so make sure it is something you are ok with being public. Be sure to comment in the correct place and in the time given. A few reminders and helpful tips:
- Make your comment count- original comments with specific stories/facts/asks
- Each comment must be unique; using prewritten comments by experts are great, but be sure that at least 30% of it is from your own voice.
- Sign on letters, no matter how many organizations or individuals sign, count as 1 comment. These are great for sending to lawmakers but for public comment, they are less effective.
- Get talking points from experts (National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, Food Research Action Center, Union of Concerned Scientists, Feeding America, FPAC, National Young Farmers Coalition)
Emails and call- make sure you give them your zip code so it counts. Be specific. Calls are better. Find out who to call.
Our work is made possible by the generous support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.