Academy Co-Hosts Congressional Briefing to Advocate for Nutrition Security

01/20/2022 - The Academy together with the Association of SNAP Nutrition Education Administrators hosted a virtual congressional briefing on January 13 titled, "Making the Case for Healthy Eating – A Primer on SNAP-Ed." The briefing was attended by 175 registrants, including members of Congress and their staff.

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (Conn.), one of the leading congressional champions for nutrition and food security provided opening remarks, thanking Academy President-Elect Academy Ellen Shanley for the Academy's support of this important issue and the event. President-Elect Ellen Shanley also spoke during the briefing, saying that SNAP is America's most important food safety net program, with 42 million Americans relying upon the program to help put food on their tables. She also highlighted the importance of SNAP-Ed, saying it "is a critical bridge from food security to nutrition security."

The event included a virtual tour around the country where speakers from four SNAP-Ed programs, Connecticut, Georgia, California and Tennessee shared how their approaches have been uniquely tailored to support their local community.

This is the first in a series of briefings the Academy and ASNAA will be conducting jointly to educate members of Congress and their staff on the importance of the SNAP-Ed program in supporting healthy eating. Investing in and expanding access to SNAP and SNAP-Ed continue to be top priorities for the Academy.