On November 13th, over a hundred anti-hunger advocates from across West Virginia met at The Event Center at Brushy Fork for the first Food for All Summit.
We introduced Food Justice and Food Sovereignty concepts to this audience and discussed the critical role that policy plays in shaping the moral contract between food producers and consumers. This policy contract is complex, shaped as it is by federal, state and business interests that do not always place vulnerable and food insecure households at the top of their legislative agendas. The summit discussed a broad anti-hunger policy agenda for West Virginia in 2019 driven by our research partners at the West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition, Our Children our Future, The WV Center for Budget and Policy, American Friends Service Committee, and the directors of Mountaineer and Facing Hunger food banks.
Stay posted as the following bills are introduced and move through the WV legislature this year:
- End the SNAP ban for convicted drug felons
- Improve access to summer feeding programs
- Grow the capacity for West Virginia farmers to produce for healthy food access programs
- Fine large businesses that subsidize low wages through federal benefits
- Increase the administrative funding for food banks to distribute surplus commodities resulting from the Trump administration’s trade mitigation farmer bailout.