Food Banks Provide Comments at Tulare Farm Bill Listening Session, 2/14/23
February 23, 2023
Last week, at the World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif., Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, Glenn “GT” Thompson (PA-15), held a Farm Bill listening session. It was a full house, with attendees such as farmers, ranchers, producers, and agribusiness owners. It also included bipartisan Members of the House Committee on Agriculture: Speaker Kevin McCarthy (CA-20), Rep. David Valadao (CA-22), Rep. Jim Costa (CA-21), Rep. Doug LaMalfa (CA-01), Rep. David Rouzer (NC-07), Rep. Salud Carbajal (CA-24), Rep. Jimmy Panetta (CA-19), Rep. John Rose (TN-06), and Rep. John Duarte (CA-13). =
From CAFB, Senior Policy Advocate Itzúl Gutierrez attended, along with Natalie Caples from Central California Food Bank, Cassidie Bates from Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Counties, and Derek Polka from Los Angeles Regional Food Bank to lift up the importance of SNAP (CalFresh). Collectively, they spoke about the need to increase SNAP benefit amounts, end the harsh ABAWD time-limit rules and college student rules, and increase funding for TEFAP. Their presence was very much felt and appreciated by several California members of Congress. Notably, Rep. Carbajal thanked food banks for attending and speaking about SNAP in his closing comments!
Partners across the country tuned in and celebrated our comments on social media to strengthen and protect SNAP. Many news outlets covered the event, and Natalie was quoted in FERN.
We are grateful to Itzúl, Natalie, Cassidie and Derek for taking the time and traveling to the event to attend and speak. By all showing up together, we ensured California food banks’ united voice and valuable perspective on hunger and the need to protect SNAP were included on the official record.
Link to the recording of the session: https://www.youtube.com/live/wxBTNwHHAhE?feature=share
CAFB’s 2023 Farm Bill Priorities:https://www.cafoodbanks.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/CAFB-Farm-Bill-Priorities.pdf