“Yet food is something that is taken for granted by most world leaders despite the fact that more than half of the population of the world is hungry.” – Norman Borlaug
Is ending hunger a political priority in our country? Have you heard any presidential candidates mention that they will focus on reducing food waste and ending hunger? What are our nation’s leaders doing to end hunger in America? Here are some examples of local, state, and national politicians who need your help in order to shape public policy that will combat hunger and food waste in the U.S.
- S. Representative Chellie Pingree introduced the Food Recovery Act in December of 2015. This bill would help reduce food waste in America and redistribute good, wholesome food into the hands of those in need. Learn more about the Food Recover Act here: https://pingree.house.gov/foodwaste. You can help Representative Pingree advocate for an end to food waste in the U.S. by sending your U.S. representative a letter or email about supporting the Food Recovery Act. Find your Representative’s mailing address or email address here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/.
- Iowa State Senator Bob Dvorsky introduced a comprehensive package bill that addresses both food waste and hunger in Iowa. SSB 3138 (https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislation/BillBook?ga=%24selectedGa.generalAssemblyID&ba=SSB3138) would require certain events hosted at the State Capitol to donate their wholesome and edible leftovers to food pantries in Iowa and would create an Agricultural Clearance program to help farmers with the costs associated with food recovery. Join us on Wednesday, March 30 anytime from 7:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. to advocate for the bill by signing up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/iowa-anti-hunger-day-on-the-hill-tickets-21643450142?utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=order_confirmation_email&utm_term=eventname&ref=eemailordconf.
- In 2015, Polk County Supervisor John Mauro initiated the Hunger-Free Polk Country initiative to end hunger in the Polk County area. Learn more here: http://www.hungerfreepolkcounty.org/.
- The USDA and EPA under the leadership of President Barack Obama, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, and EPA Administrator Stan Meiburg have set the goal to cut in half all of the U.S.’ s food waste by 2050. Learn more here: http://www.usda.gov/oce/foodwaste/.
- The USDA recently proposed a rule (a.k.a. change in the law) to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that would increase the amount of food categories each SNAP retailer (store) must provide to SNAP participants. While this could force some stores into providing healthier options for SNAP participants, it could lead to some SNAP stores discontinuing their participation in the program. Voice your concerns for the proposed rule here: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/02/17/2016-03006/enhancing-retailer-standards-in-the-supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap.
- Educate your friends and family:
- Share this film about our flawed expiration date system in the U.S.: http://notreallyexpired.com/watch-the-film/.
- Show others the face of hunger in America: http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nightly-news/24859935#24859935.
Thank the leaders mentioned above! Send them a letter or note thanking them for their dedication to ending hunger in our community.
written by Kelly Nuckolls