Authors: Shamar Bibbins
Did you know that forty-five million people in the United States suffer from hunger? That is one in six adults, and one in five children.
Meanwhile, thousands of farmers are seeking opportunities to increase their income by taping into new markets. There are wonderful programs across the country helping to create more equitable and sustainable food systems, but there is still much work to be done and federal support is critical.
The Farm Bill is one of our most important pieces of legislation -- it affects food access and nutrition for millions of Americans. It also impacts the economic livelihood of million of farmers, ranchers, farm workers, and businesses.
Later this month, Representative Marcia Fudge (D-OH) will introduce The Let’s Grow Act of 2012. Let's Grow promotes access to healthy and affordable local produce to combat hunger and decrease obesity, especially among children, seniors and low-income Americans.
Let’s Grow is an innovative and unique approach to urban agriculture. The Act will:
- Provide incentives for the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables with food assistance programs.
- Encourage food production on vacant land that can be used to grow fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Improve water quality in urban areas, promoting energy efficiency, and grants to develop and implement urban agricultural workforce training programs.
Representatives Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Hansen Clarke (D-MI), Charles Rangel (D-NY), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Danny Davis (D-IL), and Delegate Eleanor Holmes-Norton (DC) have all signed on as co-sponsors of the legislation.
When the bill is introduced in mid-April, let's send a clear message to Congress that urban communities deserve increased access to healthy and affordable food, while expanding their local economies.
Will you help us build support for the Let’s Grow Act?
Take Action: Contact Your Representative
Use the tool below to contact your elected officials in Washington, DC. Ask your representative to sign on as a co-sponsor of The Let’s Grow Act of 2012. All Americans deserve access tohealthy and affordable food.