Sharing Indigenous Cooking Traditions in New Mexico
Think the Farm Bill doesn’t affect you? Think again. Most people know the Farm Bill as covering agricultural laws and farmer subsidy payments. But it also covers a whole lot more, and impacts everyone who eats in this country—in other words, everyone.
Thanks to the efforts of a diverse coalition of advocates, the House’s historically bad farm bill proposal did not garner enough votes to pass. Also, FoodCorps is working with fellow national service organizations to call on Congress to again reject the President’s proposal to eliminate funding for national service.
The proposed cuts have far-reaching impacts. Not only will millions of struggling Americans lose access to these vital nutrition benefits, hundreds of thousands of kids will also lose access to free school meals.
We just took an exciting step forward in protecting national service and the health of our nation’s kids. Congress has signed into law a bipartisan spending bill for the 2018 federal fiscal year, and while the bill as a whole is a mixed bag, it does include wins for national service and healthy-food education—progress that your voices helped make happen.
This month’s policy brief is a call to action on two things: funding for national service and showing support for the Local FARMS Act of 2017, which helps communities prosper through farm to fork investments, helps consumers access fresh food and reauthorizes the Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program.
On Monday, President Trump released his Administration’s budget proposal for federal fiscal year (FY) 2019 which again calls for eliminating our nation’s bipartisan commitment to national service. The President’s budget proposal would eliminate the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which funds AmeriCorps and other national service programs. However, it is important to remember … Continued
Enjoy this month’s policy update! We’re covering what’s going on with the farm bill, government funding, USDA school meals guidelines and how to advocate for national service. Farm Bill – Timing uncertain As we’ve reported before, the current farm bill expires on September 30, 2018. The House Agriculture Committee is further along in the process … Continued
Welcome to 2018 – it’s going to be a busy policy year! In D.C., we anticipate continued advocacy around AmeriCorps funding (more on that below) and Congress will continue debating and drafting the reauthorization of the Farm Bill, which includes some important priorities for FoodCorps.
Sustainable Agriculture Priorities for the 2018 Farm Bill, Help Make the AmeriCorps Education Award Tax-Free, and Sign up for Action Alerts!
State and local school nutrition wins, updates on the Local FARMS Act, and a new report on childhood obesity