Healthy Food Systems Policy

Policy

Nourish Colorado advances a comprehensive policy agenda that supports the transformation of our food system into one that is sustainable, equitable, and health-promoting where access to nutritious food is the norm. Our policy agenda is informed by partners across Colorado, including community coalitions, program partners, local, state and national organizations, and other policy experts. Nourish Colorado is a proud member of NSAC, COFSAC, and CFVGA.

|| State Policy Initiatives ||

Healthy Food Incentive Fund

Food systems and food access enjoyed a remarkably successful legislative session. First, as you all know from reading our previous blogs, the $300,000 increase in the Healthy Food Incentive Fund was added to the budget bringing the fund total to $500,000. We are already hard at work dispersing those funds through our Double Up Food Bucks and WIC and Seniors Produce Box programs. We also supported Hunger Free Colorado’s successful effort, which ran to almost the last minute, to get $5 million of the federal pandemic relief funding into the Food Pantry Assistance Grant program to ensure more people who need it will have access to food as we begin the recovery from the pandemic.  

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|| Federal Policy Initiatives ||

2023 Farm Bill

2023 Farm Bill. The Farm Bill is a key piece of legislation for both agricultural systems in our country but also the food system. It includes many elements from conservation to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Farm Bill also supports and funds many of Nourish’s own projects such as Double Up Food Bucks. It also supports and funds our partners projects such as land access programs for Beginning and Young Farmers.  The Farm Bill also comes with deep gaps in funding for specialty crops (most fruits and vegetables) and structural racism and inequities. There is so much room for improvement, and we want Colorado’s communities to have a voice in influencing this key piece of legislation and reimagining our food system.  

Food Bill Action Team (FBAT)

You are invited to get involved! Nourish Colorado’s Food Bill Action Team (meeting every other week on Wednesdays over lunch from 12-12:30pm) will be hosting a series of conversations about the Farm Bill. Check out our slides from our Farm Bill 101 (Part 1). Sign up for the Food Bill Action Team here. For questions, or if you’d like to present on the Farm Bill or other food systems policy, contact amy@nourishcolorado.org.

Resources

There are so many federal policy initiatives happening right now. As we update our Federal Bill Tracker with our current initiatives, please refer to resources offered by our food system partners to stay up to date: NSAC, FRACAlliance to End HungerCenter for Budget and Policy PrioritiesUnion of Concerned Scientists, National Farm to School Network. 

Check out our newsletter for our monthly federal policy updates.

Colorado Food Policy Network (COFPN) ​

Nourish has begun to transition the work of COFPN into a newly created Nourish Advisory Board beginning in January 2022, however the COFPN Google Group is still active with resource sharing. Stay tuned for more details as the advisory board comes together, and reach out to Amy@NourishColorado.org for more information on these networks.

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