Follow Developments on the 2018 Farm Bill
The Farm Bill will set agricultural policy for the next five years. LiveWell is dedicated to making sure the 2018 Farm Bill prioritizes programs that increase access to healthy food for low-income communities and communities of color. Follow developments as the bill is introduced and be ready to contact your legislators to stand up for all Coloradans.Follow the 2018 Farm Bill
LiveWell Colorado's Federal Policy Agenda
At the federal level, LiveWell works with a national lobbying firm to monitor and influence actions taken by Congress and federal agencies that may restrict or improve Coloradans access to healthy foods and active living. In the past, LiveWell has mobilized its network of grassroots advocates to fight for a wider range of healthy food options for WIC recipients and to fight efforts to weaken the federal school lunch program.
In the current Congress, LiveWell is following several pieces of legislation and potential legislation that significantly impact Colorado:
- The Federal Budget: Following the release of the President’s Budget Blueprint, which indicated the President’s spending priorities will eliminate or reduce funding for many programs and services that impact the food system, nutrition programs, and transit development in cities of all sizes, LiveWell issued the following statement: “We are deeply concerned by cuts in the president’s budget to programs – like cuts to community learning centers, and rural business and cooperative services – that serve low-income families and children, and rural agricultural communities,” says Terri Livermore, Director of Policy for LiveWell Colorado. “These programs provide vital assistance to families experiencing food insecurity, and rural communities facing economic challenges. Although the president’s proposed budget is more of a policy statement on his administration’s priorities and Congress will write and adopt a final budget, we are also concerned that these proposed cuts may precede cuts to programs like SNAP and the National School Lunch Program. We look forward to working with Colorado’s congressional delegation to maintain the integrity of these important programs.” To learn more about the Blueprint and its proposed priorities, click here.
- Federal Farm Bill: This bill is the primary tool by which Congress sets its agricultural, foods systems and nutrition assistance policy. The bill contains many sections, called “titles,” that address everything from rural economic development to nutrition programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or food stamps). LiveWell Colorado monitors efforts by Congress that would make these programs less effective or less accessible, like efforts that would block-grant SNAP dollars to the states, effectively reducing the program’s ability to respond to increases in demand for SNAP dollars. LiveWell also advocates for specific issues and programs that positively impact the food system and nutrition assistance programs.
- Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act (CNR): Every five years, Congress reauthorizes child nutrition programs. These programs include many school-based nutrition programs including the National School Lunch Program and Summer Food Service Program as well as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) that provides nutrition assistance for low-income women and their children. LiveWell works to ensure that these programs retain adequate funding, fights efforts to move to block grant funding for these programs, and advocates to maintain nutritional quality. Currently, the CNR package is on hold as Congress first addresses the new administration’s priorities. Congress had been attempting to pass the reauthorization as its precursor and current law, the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act, expired on September 30, 2015. The expiration, however, does not impact the programs which continue to function. LiveWell is continuing to monitor the issues and programs associated with the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act, as Congress may decide to address some of the programs individually.
- National Infrastructure Spending: President Trump has indicated to Congress and the American public that one of his chief goals in his first term is introduce a spending package that will overhaul our national infrastructure. In whatever measure is introduced, LiveWell will work to ensure the package contains support for mobility improvements, including biking, walking, and transit.
There are many ways you can get involved with LiveWell’s policy work. Learn about the HEAL Network, our Policy Committee, and how you can advocate for a healthier Colorado.Get Involved
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