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Farm Bill Platforms from the Field – Strengthening Food and Nutrition Security

April 19, 2023 @ 11:00 am 12:30 pm PDT

Co-hosted with Grantmakers In Health (GIH).

The nutrition title of the farm bill authorizes several essential food assistance programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP), and the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP). The 2023 Farm Bill is a critical opportunity for Congress to improve these and other nutrition title programs and safeguard the right of every human being to eat and be nourished regardless of economic circumstances.

Join us for a special edition of SAFSF’s Farm Bill Platforms From the Field series, with experts from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), Fair Food Network, and the Bipartisan Policy Center who will provide insight into the current nutrition policy landscape in Congress, the priorities each organization is advocating for in the 2023 Farm Bill, and how funders can support efforts to strengthen food and nutrition security in communities across the country.

This is a free, funder-only event. Registration is required.

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Joelle Johnson, MPH, Campaign Manager, Healthy Food Access, Center for Science in the Public Interest

Joelle (she/her/hers) leads CSPI’s Healthy Food Access Team and advocates for policies that strengthen U.S. food safety net programs in order to help lift people out of poverty and provide equitable access to a food environment that empowers individuals to build healthy eating patterns that meet their needs. 

Joelle has over a decade of experience with healthy food system work. She previously served as a program manager for the Food Literacy Project, a farm-based food system education organization in Louisville, KY, and DC Central Kitchen, a food recovery, meal distribution, and job training organization in Washington, DC. Joelle earned her MPH with a concentration in food and nutrition from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health & a certificate in food systems and the environment from the Center for a Livable Future.

Mark Nicholson, Senior Director of Policy, Fair Food Network 

Mark joined the Fair Food Network after an extensive career in leading organizations involved in national agriculture policy and specialty crop production. He is a third-generation apple farmer and spent much of his professional life co-running a New York-based family business, including developing value-added products to increase revenue to the farm. His work advocating for the specialty crop industry over the past two decades earned him national recognition as a skilled and dedicated policy expert, included roles as the Chairman of the Board and member of the Government Affairs Committee for the U.S. Apple Association (USApple). Mark also spent time in his early career working in government at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and at USApple. Mark brings multiple perspectives to the agriculture policy world, and a strong passion and understanding for the myriad issues that face family farms today.

Anand Parekh, MD, Chief Medical Advisor, Bipartisan Policy Center

Dr. Anand Parekh provides clinical and public health expertise across the organization. Since 2015, he has led specific efforts tackling a variety of policy issues including the COVID-19 pandemic, future of public health, opioid crisis, obesity epidemic & nutrition, health & housing, domestic and global HIV/AIDS, business & public health collaboration, emergency preparedness, social isolation, rural health, and prescription drug costs.

Areas of Impact:

Funding Strategies  |   Policy-National/International  |   Health  |   Human/Public Health  |   Hunger  |   Nutrition

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