The House of Representatives has
passed a Farm Bill that excludes the nutrition title, which funds critical food
assistance and nutrition education programs, such as SNAP, SNAP-Ed, Farmers
Market Nutrition Program, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, TEFAP and CSFP.
Thousands of Academy members lead these programs that benefit millions of
The Academy urged Congressional
leaders to draft and pass a Farm Bill that protects and strengthens nutrition
assistance for vulnerable, low-income families. Splitting the Farm Bill in two
will create policies that focus on individual parts rather than the larger food
system. Unfortunately the House leadership removed the nutrition title and
voted on a farm only bill. The vote on the bill was closer than expected: 216
in support and 208 against.
The Academy is waiting to see
how the House leadership plans to deal with the nutrition title. We hope they
will support strong nutrition assistance programs that address hunger in our