Academy Helps Organize Congressman's Farm Bill Roundtable

08/02/2018 - The Academy, in coordination with the Tisch Center for Food, Education and Policy and the Cornell Cooperative Extension, organized a roundtable discussion with U.S. Rep. John Faso (N.Y.) in Millbrook, N.Y. to discuss the farm bill on August 1. The timely roundtable came as the House and Senate will work to reconcile the differences in each of their versions of the farm bill in a conference committee.

Thirty-five community stakeholders, including Academy members and staff, attended the roundtable and shared the importance of nutrition programs in the farm bill, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education, the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farmers Market program and food and nutrition security.

The roundtable was followed by a site visit to the Dover Elementary School in Dover Plains, which hosts the Summer Food Service Program. Rep. Faso observed children and families being served nutritious meals, including fresh fruit and vegetables provided by the school garden. SNAP-Ed programming, administered through the Cornell Cooperative Extension, was combined with meal service to give attendees the skills to practice a nutritious and healthful diet.