Washington, DC (September 22, 2015)—The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) today applauded the introduction of H.R. 3532, the Fruit and Vegetable Access for Children Act, which would expand the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program to include all forms of fruits and vegetables, including frozen, canned dried and fresh. The bill was introduced recently by Congressmen Bruce Poliquin (R-Maine) and Kurt Schrader (D-Ore).
“This legislation will help provide America’s schoolchildren with greater access to the important vitamins and minerals found in fruits and vegetables. The science is clear in showing equivalent nutritional benefits of canned, frozen or dried fruits and vegetables when compared to fresh,” said Chuck Conner, president and CEO of NCFC. “As an added benefit, canned, frozen and dried fruits and vegetables are often much more affordable options, giving school districts across the country greater flexibility and empowering them to decide the best way to provide new snack options to their students.”
“I would like to commend Representatives Poliquin and Schrader for their leadership in introducing this legislation and urge the House to move forward in consideration of it.”
Since 1929, NCFC has been the voice of America’s farmer cooperatives. Our members are regional and national farmer cooperatives, which are in turn composed of nearly 3,000 local farmer cooperatives across the country. NCFC members also include 26 state and regional councils of cooperatives. Farmer cooperatives allow individual farmers the ability to own and lead organizations that are essential for continued competitiveness in both the domestic and international markets.
America’s farmer-owned cooperatives provide a comprehensive array of services for their members. These diverse organizations handle, process and market virtually every type of agricultural commodity. They also provide farmers with access to infrastructure necessary to manufacture, distribute and sell a variety of farm inputs. Additionally, they provide credit and related financial services, including export financing.