FMI Embraces Innovation and Flexibility for the Future of SNAP at Farm Bill Hearing

March 28, 2017
ARLINGTON, VA – March 28, 2017– Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Chief Public Policy Officer and Senior Vice President, Government Relations, Jennifer Hatcher testified today during a U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition  hearing on the future of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) within the context of the new Farm Bill. FMI highlighted the improvements to the food assistance program as well as what the future could look like as FMI continues to partner with Congress and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). 

Hatcher also focused on opportunities for the future. “There is enormous opportunity for USDA to continue to allow for innovation and flexibility in how we serve the customer, engaging the SNAP customer in a digital format with more product information, menu planning, and better budgeting.” 

She continued, “Because of the consistency of a national program, we have seen greater efficiency in the program and a reduction in fraud and errors. This could be undone with a patchwork quilt of pilots and waivers.” 

Hatcher concluded, “At FMI, we take the responsibility of providing our customers safe and affordable food and nutrition very seriously. As discussions regarding the future of food and agriculture policy continue, we very much appreciate the opportunity to provide our insight as we learn from our members and customers.”

To access Hatcher’s full testimony, click here.
 
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Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. FMI’s U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI membership covers the spectrum of diverse venues where food is sold, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores. For more information, visit www.fmi.org and for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit www.fmifoundation.org