Monday, May 22, 2017

Some comments on federal policy issues

A couple of things heard at last week's Hunger Solutions New York conference...

"Anyone who tells you they know what’s going to happen in the next six months doesn’t know what they’re talking about – we have no idea!"  -Deborah Weinstein, Coalition on Human Needs

"It's critical to stay on message - no cuts, no block grants.  The good news is that new USDA Secretary Perdue has said he does not want to split the farm bill to separate the farm programs from the nutrition programs.  He also said he would not change structure of SNAP - 'why change something that’s not broken'.  When asked about restricting SNAP food choice, he talked about education and incentives to help people eat healthier.."  Ellen Teller, Food Research and Action Center