Cook County Farm Bureau Seeks to Update Policy
The following policies were approved by the Cook County Farm Bureau® Board of Directors during a recent meeting and will be considered by delegates at the upcoming Resolutions Committee meeting.
Directors approved a resolution creating a food access policy to support:
- Incentives, including but not limited to, offering tax credits or breaks to grocery stores in underserved areas.
- Policy development to support grocery stores and neighborhood-based farmers markets.
- Simplifying the process for permitting and launching grocery stores.
- Programs to encourage heathy eating, food preparation, and proper food storage.
- Partnering with the community when selecting food desert measurements, policies, and interventions.
- Increasing the use of third-party and digital platforms for all approved Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) retailers providing that benefits are not used for service fees or delivery charges.
- Increasing SNAP approved food sales outlets.
- Food insecurity networks, like food banks, non-profit grocers, and produce carts.
- Farmer cooperatives to provide services such as crop marketing, distribution, guidance on partnering with food banks, and farmer training.
- The aggregation of farm products and partners to connect institutions, municipalities, school districts, hospitals, community-based organization, government agencies, and other groups to provide produce to families living in food deserts.
- Farms connecting directly with food banks, food recovery organizations, and other distributing nonprofits.
- Expanding the existing tax deduction for food donations to non-profits.
- Simplifying food pantry partnerships, expansions, and new development.
Members also approved grammatical and technical changes to policy 93 Government Assistance Programs/ Government Assisted Nutrition Programs.
Members interested in providing comments or feedback are encouraged to contact Bona Heinsohn at [email protected].