Federal domestic nutrition programs are critical to food security, children’s growth and development, and improved diet quality, yet federal spending on nutrition assistance faces potential severe reductions and has declined over the past 4 years. The engagement of nutrition professionals in nutrition policy is critical for evidence-based policy development. But that will require an understanding of the benefits of nutrition assistance to chronic disease prevention and economic development, as well as the process for development of Farm Bill nutrition policy. This article provides the basics that nutrition advocates will need.
Nancy Chapman, MPH, RD, is president of N. Chapman Associates, a public relations firm in Washington, DC, and one of the few lobbyists specializing in food and nutrition issues on Capitol Hill. Earlier in her career, she served on the professional staff of the House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture.
The author has no conflicts of interest to disclose.