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FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 29, 2017

Plate of the Union, Award-Winning Chefs to Join Forces Urging Congress to Protect Our Nation’s Most Effective Hunger Alleviation Program

Over 20 leading chefs and anti-hunger advocates from around the country to join Tom Colicchio next Wednesday for advocacy day with lawmakers

WASHINGTON – Plate of the Union, a campaign focused on delivering a smarter approach to federal food policy, has enlisted the help the nation’s top chefs to tell lawmakers why protecting our nation’s most effective hunger alleviation program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, must be a priority as Congress begins debate on the next farm bill.

The Plate of the Union campaign is a collaboration between Food Policy Action Education Fund and Environmental Working Group. On Wednesday, Oct. 4, FPA-EF Co-Founder Tom Colicchio, and EWG President and FPA-EF Co-Founder Ken Cook will be leading chefs in meetings with federal lawmakers to promote improving food policy, strengthening critical nutrition programs, and protecting SNAP.

More than 40 million low-income Americans, including one in four children, rely on SNAP each day to help put enough food on the table to survive. The resources used for the program are a major portion of the farm bill, which Congress must reauthorize every five years, and SNAP funding is always a target for deep cuts.   

What: Interview opportunities with award-winning chefs and advocates at Plate of the Union Advocacy Day

Who:  Chef, food advocate and FPA-EF Co-Founder Tom Colicchio
           EWG President and FPA-EF Co-Founder Ken Cook
           Over 20 top chefs and anti-hunger advocates

When & Where: Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.

Scheduled phone and in-person interviews may be conducted ahead of the event, and the advocacy day Wednesday is open to press. Please contact Betsy Barrett at betsy@foodpolicyation.org, or Alex Formuzis at alex@ewg.org, to set up interviews.

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About Plate of the Union: Plate of the Union (www.plateoftheunion.com) is a collaborative campaign of Food Policy Action Education Fund and Environmental Working Group to bring together consumers and policymakers on key issues affecting the next farm bill.

FPA-EF: Food Policy Action Education Fund is a 501(c)(3) organization that is a separate sister organization of Food Policy Action. The mission of FPA-EF is to provide a platform for public education and engagement on the impacts of federal policy on the food system.

EWG: The Environmental Working Group is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment. EWG’s mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment.