Saturday, February 27, 2010

ACT NOW! Support Farm to School Improvements Act!

CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE AND URGE THEM TO CO-SPONSOR REPRESENTATIVE HOLT'S "FARM TO SCHOOL IMPROVEMENTS ACT"!

We need your help to gain Congressional support for mandatory funding for Farm to School! THIS WEEK Congressman Rush Holt (D-NJ) will be introducing the "Farm to School Improvements Act of 2010", legislation which will provide $50 million in mandatory funding over the next five years to fund Farm to School Programs as part of the Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization. Gaining additional co-sponsors for this bill is critical to ensuring that it is included in the Child Nutrition Act. Please call or fax your Representative's office and ask them to co-sponsor.

It's easy to call. You can get your Representative's name and direct number by going to Congress.org and typing in your zip code. You can also call the Capitol Switchboard, provide your Representative's name and be directly connected to their office: (202) 225-3121. Once connected to your Representative's office ask to speak to the aide that works on child nutrition.

The message is simple. "I am a constituent of ________ and I am calling to ask him/her to co-sponsor Representative Rush Holt's "Farm to School Improvements Act" which will provide $50 million in mandatory funding for the Farm to School Programs as part of the Child Nutrition Act reauthorization."

The Farm to School Collaborative, a cross-sector alliance of school, nutrition, rural, and sustainable agriculture groups and farmers, has been leading the campaign for mandatory funding for Farm to School programs in the upcoming Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization (CNR). Members of the Farm to School Collaborative include the Community Food Security Coalition, National Farm to School Network, School Food FOCUS, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and the Wallace Center at Winrock International. Sustainable Food Center is a founding member of the Community Food Security Coalition. We thank you for your support!

About Sustainable Food Center
With roots dating back more than 30 years, SFC is involved in every step of the local food system from seed to table. Our mission is to cultivate a healthy community by strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food.

Contact:
Susan Leibrock
Community Relations Director
Sustainable Food Center
512-236-0074 ext. 111
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