Sending Office: Honorable Adriano Espaillat
Fund the WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program
Deadline: COB TODAY
Current Signers (96): Lee (CA), Adams, Brown, Carbajal, Cleaver, Cohen, Correa, Costa, Courtney, Cox, Craig, Davis (CA), Davis (IL), Dean, DeFazio, DeGette, Delgado, DeSaulnier, Dingell, Doggett, Engel, Fudge, Gallego, Garamendi, García
(IL), Garcia (TX), Gomez, Gonzalez, Green, Grijalva, Haaland, Hastings, Hayes, Higgins, Himes, Horn, Horsford, Jayapal, Jeffries, Johnson (TX), Khanna, Kildee, Kuster, Larsen, Larson, Lee (NV), Levin, Lieu, Lofgren, Luján, Malinowski, Maloney (NY-12), Maloney
(NY-18), McBath, McEachin, McGovern, McNerney, Moore, Moulton, Nadler, Napolitano, Neguse, Norton, Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Panetta, Pappas, Plaskett, Pressley, Raskin, Rice, Richmond, Rouda, Roybal-Allard, Rush, Scanlon, Schakowsky, Schrier, Scott (GA), Sewell,
Slotkin, Smith (WA), Soto, Spanberger, Speier, Thompson (MS), Titus, Tlaib, Vargas, Veasey, Vela, Velázquez, Welch, Wexton, Wild, Yarmuth
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 increase funding to WIC FMNP to $20 million, which would allow for start-up funding for states that want to establish FMNP programs. 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 for a modest $1.5 million increase, which would allow states that have not previously participate in the program to do so and preserve this vital program that helps particularly vulnerable populations
access healthy food.
Adriano Espaillat Barbara Lee
Member of Congress Member of Congress