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Now more than ever, the Academy believes that food and nutrition security and food safety must be prioritized across all sectors to meet the Academy’s vision of a world where all people thrive through the transformative power of food and nutrition. The increases in food insecurity in the U.S. following the pandemic and link between food and agriculture make the Farm Bill a critical and timely legislative issue. Efforts to address the Farm Bill in the 118th U.S. Congress have been delayed, but this week the Rural Prosperity and Food Security Act was released by the U.S. Senate. Also, an overview was released by the U.S. House of Representatives signaling that both chambers may be ready to address the reauthorization.

The Senate’s Rural Prosperity and Food Security Act includes many nutrition initiatives aligning with the Academy’s recommendations, including the five-year update to the Thrifty Food Plan; investing in senior nutrition programs; strengthening Tribal nutrition programs; improved training for health care professionals on SNAP; increased funding and expansion of the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program; and increased support for SNAP-Ed.

The Academy continues to review the Senate bill and House overview language, and to work with partners in both food and agriculture to advance legislation that increases nutrition security. Learn more about the Academy’s Farm Bill recommendations.

Members interested in learning more about the Farm Bill and adding their support are encouraged to join the monthly meetings of the Nutrition Security Affinity Group.

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