Sending Office: Honorable Adriano Espaillat
Sent By:
David.Kimelman@mail.house.gov

        Request for Signature(s)

Fund The WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program

Deadline: Friday, March 29th

Dear Colleague:

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) provides
1.7 million low-income women and children each year with locally grown, nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables through farmers’ markets in 48 State agencies, U.S. Territories and Federally recognized Indian Tribal Organizations.
Please join us in urging the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee to preserve funding to WIC FMNP by maintaining the current funding level of $18.5 million. This program is a Federal/State partnership, and requires participating states to match 30 percent
of federal funds.

In addition to serving as a crucial source of nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables to low-income women and children, WIC FMNP supports local farmers whose products are bought through the program. In a single year, WIC FMNP generates
$17 million in revenue for 17,926 farmers,
3,390
farmers markets, and 2,894 roadside stands. The revenue generated through WIC FMNP supports jobs and makes it possible for farmers to sell their produce at specific farmers’ markets at which they would otherwise not be able –
helping to break through food deserts and help underserved communities.

The letter bellow urges the Chairman and Ranking Member to preserve this vital program that helps particularly vulnerable populations access healthy food by retaining its current funding level for FY20.

Please contact David Kimelman (david.kimelman@mail.house.gov) with Congressman Espaillat or Emma Mehrabi (Emma.Mehrabi@mail.house.gov) with Congresswoman
Lee if you have any questions or would like to be added to the letter.

Sincerely,

 

Adriano Espaillat                                            Barbara Lee

Member of Congress                                      Member of Congress