From: The Honorable Marcia L. Fudge
Sent By:
jessenia.guerra@mail.house.gov

Date: 3/28/2017

**This is a programmatic appropriations request**

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Deadline Extended: COB TODAY! Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Deadline for online submission: Wednesday, March 29, 2017

This letter is a two part request for the Agriculture and Financial Services Subcommittee (there are two different deadlines for both bills)

Current cosigners (77): Adams, Beatty, Beyer, Blumenauer, Boyle, Brownley, Bustos, Cárdenas, Carson, Castor, Castro, Chu, Cicilline, Clarke, Cleaver, Cohen, Conyers, Courtney, D. Davis, DeFazio, DeGette,
Delaney, DeLauro, DeSaulnier, Deutch, Dingell, Doyle, Eshoo, Esty, Foster, Green, Grijalva, Gutiérrez, Hastings, Heck, Higgins, Jayapal, Kelly, Kildee, Kuster, Langevin, Lee, Levin, Lewis, Loebsack, Luján, Lujan Grisham, Maloney, McEachin, McGovern, Moore,
Nadler, Napolitano, Norcross, Pascrell, Payne, Pocan, Polis, Richmond, Roybal-Allard, Ruiz, Rush, Sánchez, Schakowsky, Schiff, R. Scott, Slaughter, Smith, Takano, Titus, Tonko, Vargas, Vela, Velázquez, Wasserman Schultz, Watson Coleman, Welch

 

Dear Colleague:

We ask you to support funding for the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) by signing the letter below addressed to both the Financial Services and Agriculture Appropriation Subcommittee requesting $22 million and $25 million respectively for Fiscal
Year 2018.

HFFI is a public-private partnership that combats America’s obesity epidemic by providing access to affordable, healthy, and fresh food options.  More specifically, it provides loan and grant financing to attract grocery stores and other fresh food retailers
to underserved urban, suburban, and rural areas, and renovates and expands existing stores so they can provide the healthy foods communities want and need.

Please contact Jessenia Guerra with Rep. Marcia L. Fudge at 5-7032 (jessenia.guerra@mail.house.gov) if you would like to sign the letter.  The deadline to sign is COB Monday, April 3.  As
this is a programmatic request, Members are required to submit documentation online with the House Financial Services and Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittees.

 

Sincerely,

MARCIA L. FUDGE

Member of Congress

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Dear Chairman Graves, Ranking Member Quigley, Chairman Aderholt, and Ranking Member Bishop:

As the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittees consider their Fiscal Year 2018 priorities, we ask you to support funding for the Healthy Food Financing Initiative
(HFFI). We appreciate your leadership in investing in equitable access to healthy food and community revitalization to date and ask that you work to further ensure our nation’s underserved rural and urban communities have access to affordable, healthy food
in this years’ appropriations process.

Nearly 40 million Americans live in rural towns or urban neighborhoods where they cannot readily purchase affordable healthy food to feed their families. These same neighborhoods often struggle with high rates of unemployment and economic depression. Improving
access to healthy food bolsters communities by promoting healthy eating choices, creating jobs, generating tax revenue, catalyzing economic activity, and establishing new market opportunities for our nation’s farmers. HFFI’s public-private partnership model
fosters solutions that are locally determined, encouraging strategies that build from the ground up.

By providing one-time loan and grant financing, HFFI attracts grocery stores, food hubs, and other fresh food business entrepreneurs to underserved areas and enables existing stores to renovate and/or expand so they can provide the healthy foods communities
want and need. Since 2011, nearly $197 million in grants have been distributed through HFFI, which in turn has leveraged over $1 billion in investments. Funds have been distributed to 35 states and have supported projects that have successfully created jobs,
transformed communities, and improved access to healthy food.

  • Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration – $25 million funding request.
    With wide bipartisan support, Congress passed The Agricultural Act of 2014, which authorizes the launch of a national HFFI program at the United States Department of Agriculture at $125 million. Providing $25 million in appropriations will allow this
    national program, modeled on the successful Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative, to attract and leverage diverse sources of private capital in all 50 states. The funding of HFFI at Rural Development will fund the National Fund Manager intermediary,
    which will provide a centralized place to raise private capital, provide financial and technical assistance to partnerships, and finance eligible projects to attract healthy food retailers to underserved rural, small town, and urban communities. Further, capitalization
    of the USDA HFFI program would extend healthy food access efforts and the economic benefits of HFFI to the entire United States— a degree many times larger than the initial federal investment.
  • Financial Services and General Government – $22 million funding request.
    The success of healthy food financing initiatives is due in large part to its public-private partnership model, which is often managed by Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). HFFI has received funding at the U.S. Department of Treasury’s
    CDFI Fund since its creation as a federal program in 2011. CDFIs have the expertise and capacity to leverage HFFI dollars with capital from public and private sources, including state and local government, banks, health care, and philanthropic institutions.
    The enterprise level funding of the HFFI Financial Assistance program at the CDFI Fund has enabled CDFIs to be at the forefront of efforts to bring greater access to healthy foods in low-income communities. As a result, we ask for continued support of this
    funding at a level of $22 million at the CDFI Fund.

A diverse set of organizations support HFFI including grocers, food wholesalers, public health practitioners, community economic development entities, philanthropy, civil rights advocates, rural groups, urban groups, children’s health organizations, faith
based organizations, and many others.  Additionally, several states and metropolitan areas have launched financing programs to bring fresh and healthier foods to their communities, including Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Memphis,
TN, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Orleans, LA, New York, Ohio, and Virginia. Federal HFFI resources have been instrumental in launching many of these efforts and will play a critical role moving forward.

Given the success of HFFI at multiple agencies’ and through state endeavors over the last five years, there is a powerful platform to build upon. Private entities and philanthropy are looking to the federal government to partner and effectively direct national
financial resources. We appreciate your consideration of our request. We look forward to working you to continue to promote local food systems.

 

Sincerely,

 

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MARCIA L. FUDGE

Member of Congress