Sending Office: Honorable Marcia L. Fudge
Sent By:
Joe.Herrbach@mail.house.gov

Support The Healthy Food Financing Initiative

**This is a programmatic appropriations request**

If you would like to sign on please use this form.

Deadline to Sign on is FRIDAY, March 29th at 11:55 p.m.

Deadline to Enter Submission Online is THURSDAY, April 4th

This letter is a
two-part
request for the Agriculture and Financial Services Subcommittee.
This letter represents the
Agriculture request.

 

Dear Colleague:

We ask you to support funding for the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) by signing the letter below addressed to the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration Subcommittee requesting $25 million for Fiscal Year 2020. 

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. 

If you would like to sign on please use this form.  Please contact Joe Herrbach at Joe.Herrbach@mail.house.gov
for any questions.   The deadline to sign is FRIDAY, March 29.  As this is a programmatic request, Members are required to submit documentation online with the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee.  

 

Sincerely,

 

Marcia L. Fudge

Dwight Evans

 

 

 

Member of Congress

Member of Congress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Honorable Sanford Bishop, Chairman                 

The Honorable Jeff Fortenberry, Ranking Member   

House Appropriations Subcommittee on                   

House Appropriations Subcommittee on

Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and

Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and

Drug Administration, and Related Agencies

Drug Administration, and Related Agencies

Washington, DC 20515         

Washington, DC 20515         

                                                             

February15, 2019

 

Dear Chairman Bishop and Ranking Member Fortenberry:

As the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration Subcommittee considers their Fiscal Year 2020 priorities,
we ask you to support $25 million for the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI).  

Forty million people lack reasonable access to nutritious and affordable food. The Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) aims to improve access to healthy food in underserved areas, create and preserve quality jobs, and revitalize low-income communities
and communities of color.

The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 reauthorizes the national HFFI program at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Providing $25 million in appropriations will allow this national program to leverage private capital and other program dollars
at a scale of 1:4 and reach more communities–rural, urban, and tribal–previously underserved by the existing HFFI programs. Under Rural Development, through an intermediary   National Fund Manager, HFFI offers financing products tailored to the unique needs
of food access projects.  A fully-funded initiative would allow the program to expand its investments in grants and loans, establish funding coalitions and partnerships, and support a variety of food enterprises that target solutions to the needs of rural,
urban, and tribal communities.

Studies have demonstrated that when people have access to healthy food, their diet improves and obesity rates are lower.  There is significant momentum in many states and cities across the country to address the lack of grocery store access in underserved
communities. Further capitalization of the program would extend healthy food access efforts and the economic benefits of HFFI to the entire United States— to a degree many times larger than the initial federal investment.

HFFI has the ability to generate major economic impacts by creating and retaining grocery store projects that provide well-paying, steady jobs.  On average, a 50,000 square foot supermarket creates 250 full-time jobs, while a 10,000 square foot supermarket
creates 25 full and part time jobs, in addition to associated construction work and expanded market opportunities for American farmers. HFFI projects can be completed quickly and, based on previous examples, we expect these funds to leverage significant private
investment, revitalize communities by developing and expanding local retailers, and generate local tax revenue by strengthening local and regional economies in America’s underserved communities.

We appreciate your leadership in investing in equitable access to fresh, healthy food and community revitalization to date and ask that you continue to recognize the value of HFFI by providing $25 million at USDA.  Thank you for your consideration of our
request.

Sincerely,

 

Marcia L. Fudge

Dwight Evans

 

 

 

Member of Congress

Member of Congress

 

 

 

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