The House is writing their budget and we need your help!
Please contact your representative and ask them to provide funding for programs that increase access to healthy food in their version of the budget.
Food insecurity in North Carolina has skyrocketed since COVID-19, but even before the pandemic more than 2 million people in our state, including nearly 500,000 children under the age of 15, were living in areas where residents have high rates of diet-related disease and can’t easily access a venue to purchase healthy food. And, while there has been funding provided to increase access to healthy food over the last year, there are still gaps, and we can still do better. We are requesting:
– $6 million in recurring funds for the NC Feeding the Carolinas food banks
– $50,000 in one-time funds for the Safe Plates Program to develop a set of standard operating procedures for unserved prepared food recovery
– $2 million in nonrecurring, non-reverting funds for grants and cost shares to help small and beginning farmers in North Carolina achieve GAP certification
– $2 million in nonrecurring, non-reverting funds for FarmsSHARE to provide families in need with boxes of locally-grown produce and protein sourced from small, sustainable farms
All North Carolinians deserve to have access to healthy food. Take action now to ask your legislators to provide funding for critical programs to increase access to healthy food.