A pair of senators is teaming up to try to get more healthy food on the table for families who need it most. Democrat senator Jon Ossoff and Republican senator Joni Ernst are working together to try to pass the “Farm Fresh Food for Families Act.” They say the bill would help boost nutrition for kids while also benefiting local famers.
The legislation would update the existing WIC Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program, which gives moms and young children extra coupons for food from farmer’s markets. The bill doubles the minimum assistance that families can get through the program and removes the maximum cap. It would also expand eligibility on the sales side to include more farmers and produce vendors.
With support from both sides of the aisle, they think their bill has a good chance. “Hopefully we see it pass over the threshold and get signed into law by the president this year or early next year,” Ernst said. “We are always more likely to succeed for families, for children, for farmers, for our states when we work together across party lines like this,” Ossoff said.