I always say, “Food Policy is Foreign Policy.” When we expand and increase access to our food supply we build stronger neighborhoods. The desire to ensure everyone in our cities and towns has access to fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables is not an easy task but when we are able to do this effectively the positive impact it has on our schools, our economy and our neighborhoods is immeasurable.
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Today, Congressman Dwight Evans (Philadelphia and Montgomery County) participated in the House Agriculture Committee Farm Bill 2018 Markup and forcefully urged the GOP majority to end their assault on the poor, elderly, veterans, and children and protect the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly referred to as SNAP.
Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-02) a Member of the Subcommittee on Nutrition in the House Agriculture Committee, released the following statement denouncing the Farm Bill passage:
“I am disappointed that the GOP Leadership had the unmitigated gall to bring this highly partisan and warped bill to the House Floor for a second vote, posing as the Farm Bill. Nothing has changed in the bill since the last time it came to the Floor, so you have to wonder what was offered or said to those Members who voted No just a month ago to change their votes this time.
Today, Congressman Dwight Evans (Philadelphia and Montgomery County) joined with farmers, small business owners, seniors, food policy advocates and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients at Reading Terminal Market to highlight the critical role SNAP plays in our city and region and oppose any cuts to the program.
Since 1933, the Farm Bill has been a cornerstone of American agricultural legislation.
Today, Congressman Bob Brady (PA-01), Congressman Brendan Boyle (PA-13), Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-02), Mayor Jim Kenney, City Council President Darrell L. Clarke, Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell and Sister Mary Scullion joined together at Project HOME’s Ruth Williams House at the Gene & Marlene Epstein Building, to highlight the need for federal funding to support critical safety net programs including: affordable housing, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and education programs that are under attack in the Trump budget.
For the first time in a decade, the number of hungry people on the planet is on the rise. The United Nations estimates the number of food-insecure people at 815 million in 2017—up from 777 million just two years ago.