By John Crabtree
By John Crabtree, [email protected], Center for Rural Affairs
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) along with Representative Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and Representative Marcia Fudge (D-OH) have taken the lead in introducing the Farm to School Act of 2015, a bill that will expand the highly successful USDA Farm to School Grant Program. The bill increases children’s access to fresh foods in schools, supports family farmers, and helps to build strong local food economies. With support from more members of Congress hopefully this will become part of the Child Nutrition Act reauthorization later this year.
Please urge your Senators and Representatives to sign on to the bipartisan Farm to School Act of 2015. Just call (202) 224-3121 and ask the Congressional switchboard operator to connect you to the office of your Representative or one of your Senators. Ask them to support stronger provisions for Farm to School programs by co-sponsoring the Farm to School Act of 2015. If they are already a sponsor, please thank them.
The Center for Rural Affairs and other organizations that care about child nutrition as well as rural and small town America will be focusing on getting as many people as possible to take action on October 22nd. People will be calling, posting pictures and stories on Facebook, tweeting messages to their members of Congress, all on this national day of action in support of the Farm to School Act and in celebration of October as National Farm to school Month. We hope you’ll join in.
John Crabtree of the Center for Rural Affairs can be reached at [email protected] Established in 1973, the Center for Rural Affairs is a private, non-profit organization working to strengthen small businesses, family farms and ranches, and rural communities through action oriented programs addressing social, economic, and environmental issues.