"Readers Robyn and Will sent me a link to an ABC News story about Yum! Brands efforts to get more states to authorize the use of food stamp (SNAP) benefits in fast food restaurants.
Michigan, California, Arizona, and Florida already do this. Yum!, the parent company of KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut, wants it to go national.
But then the article quoted Ed Cooney, executive director of the Congressional Hunger Center and a long-time anti-hunger advocate:
They think going hungry is better?…I’m solidly behind what Yum! is doing.Of course he is. Want to take a guess at who funds the Congressional Hunger Center?
Yum! is listed as a “Sower,” meaning that its annual gift is in the range of $10,000. I’m guessing Yum! is delighted that it is getting such good value at such low cost."
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Thank you to the following “generous” donors for co-opting the noble agenda of Mr. Cooney, a pioneer in efforts to improve school lunch http://www.nfsmi.org/Templates/TemplateDefault.aspx?qs=cElEPTE1MQ== and turning the poor guy into a pitiful mouthpiece of your profit-seeking agendas.
http://www.dupont.com/ * ES Foods http://www.esfoods.com/our-products/breakfast-breaks/ * Farm Journal Foundation (Farmers Feeding the World) *
http://www.agweb.com/farmersfeedingtheworld/ * Food Marketing Institute http://www.fmi.org/ * General Mills, Inc. Foundation http://www.generalmills.com/ *
Global Harvest Initiative
(Archer Daniels Midland Company, DuPont, John Deere and Monsanto) http://www.globalharvestinitiative.org/index.php/about-us/ * Grocery Manufacturers Association
http://www.gmaonline.org/ * International Dairy Foods Association http://www.idfa.org/ * Kellogg Company http://www.kelloggs.com/ *
Kraft Foods http://www.kraftfoodscompany.com/ * Land O’Lakes Foundation and Land O’Lakes Inc. http://www.landolakesinc.com/ *
Mars, Inc. http://www.mars.com *
Monsanto Company http://www.monsanto.com/ * National Dairy Council http://www.nationaldairycouncil.org/ *
National Council of Farmer Cooperatives http://www.ncfc.org/ *
Nestle USA http://www.nestleusa.com/ * North American Millers’ Association http://www.namamillers.org/ * PepsiCo http://www.pepsico.com/ * Safeway http://www.safeway.com/ * Snack Food Association http://www.sfa.org/ * Sodexo http://www.sodexousa.com/ * Syngenta http://www.syngenta-us.com/ * Tyson Foods, Inc. http://www.tyson.com/ * Victory Wholesale Group http://www.vwg.com/ * W.K. Kellogg Foundation http://www.wkkf.org/ * Walmart http://walmartstores.com/ * YUM! Brands http://www.yum.com/
In response to Greenconsciousness ” wonder if the snap progran could get into CSA’s with boxes delivered to the poor every two weeks” ???
Actually, CSAs can already apply to accept SNAP and some awesome and inclusive CSAs do: http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/ebt/pdfs/CSA.pdf
Unfortunately, many CSAs do not accept SNAP. If you belong to a CSA, please encourage them to accept SNAP (and offer an installment payment plan). This is a great way to help low-income families afford fruits and vegetables.
Having personally mentored young kids who have grown up in low income families, I’ve seen the very vicious cycle of poor eating. Allowing food stamps to be used for fast food will only make this cycle worse and the health care problems worse. Eating poorly affects birth rates, has obvious health consequences, and research suggests that there can be down stream genetic consequences that can be passed on to later generatons. Allowing and encouraging more fast food consumption will only perpetuate the cycle and ultimately make it more difficult to climb out of poverty.
I’ve been pleased to see that food vouchers are accepted and encouraged at our local farmers market. Our community has made very strong efforts to educate and offer free workshops at one of our food banks. This programming allows those on food stamps to learn how to prepare fresh whole foods, gives them access to fresh whole foods, and teaches how to grow fresh foods and canning.
I would love to see more of this in our communities – education is key and it has to start even with our youngest community members. Supporting school programs that promote teaching kids gardening for example. Kids that actively participate in planting and tending community and school gardens have been shown to take pride in what they produce and more willing to eat the fruits of their labor.
I also sent B’s response to my question about CSAs and food stamps to every CSA organization in WI.
I urge all of you to do the same in your states. Just cut and paste B’s answer into an email to your state’s CSA organizations and ask them to pass on the info to their CSA farms and help them join the food stamp program.
I want the food stamp program to subsidize educators for the people who get those boxes. That could be done by the farms that pack the boxes on-line as in Kris Heeter, PhD’s blog or on public access TV or at drop off centers for people who do not have computers or TV but do have transportation.
Some people’s boxes will have to be dropped off at their homes. Meals on Wheels could be paid to deliver boxes — or special transport vans could drive the people to pick ups—–more green job opportunities. Medicare/medicaid could provide in-home food educators in special cases the way they provide in-home care after hospital stays.
I want the food stamp program to increase/double the amount of food stamps an individual gets providing they join a CSA as an incentive. Or to pay the veggie/fruit farms directly while eliminating other ag subsidies, leaving the people some of their food stamps so there will be enough left to buy protein (tofu for me).
I believe that giving people CSA boxes from both fruit and vegetable farms regularly with education about how to cook those foods so they taste good would be a great benefit to the poor, to organic farmers and therefore to our whole country.
And yes, organic. Government programs should make the connections between the environment and public health.
Globalized agriculture (IGA) is heavily implicated in climate change.
IGA contributes to the three major greenhouse gases:
carbon dioxide (CO2) from the use of fossil fuels,
nitrogen oxide (N2O) from the use of chemical fertilizers, and methane (CH4) from factory farming.
Getting rid of poison in the manufacture of food, getting rid of the manure lagoons which spray untreated manure on fruit crops sold to humans will benefit public health as much as good nutrition.
So yes, SNAP should try to subsidize organic CSAs by increasing benefits so that nutritious food and preparation knowledge is delivered to the poor. And so we reduce the amount of greenhouse gas in the environment.
GREEN JOBS OBAMA FOR GREEN FOOD.
It is critical that activists, young people, bleeding hearts and the politically correct among us learn how our organizations, allegedly progressive organizations, can be (as many are) fronts for corporate greed. This includes old organizations which were hippie founded.
Look at their boards, look at their funders, and look at their staff. Take nothing for granted.
The AARP sells insurance and takes political stances that are good for the insurance industry not old people.
The Sierra Club and the Defenders of Wildlife, should be against overpopulation and against the destruction of the border ecology by illegal immigrant trafficking, but instead are against building a wall. They say nothing else can be done for migrating animals but to have open borders. People quit the organizations in droves and those who tried to fight the staff were expelled by pressure tactics.
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