The Community Farm Alliance has released a letter outlining the organization’s opposition to Louisville-based Yum Brands’ proposal to allow certain food stamps recipients to use their vouchers at fast food restaurants.
Yum is asking Governor Steve Beshear to make the exception for disabled, elderly and homeless recipients. The CFA already took a stand against the change, but on Monday, the group’s vice president Cassia Herron released a letter encouraging Kentuckians to contact Beshear about the issue.
“We have come to expect creative solutions from our leaders that address the intertwining web of challenges we face today: chronic health conditions, poverty, dwindling markets for family farmers, and decaying urban communities just to name a few,” she writes. “CFA members will continue to expect and indeed advocate for such solutions but using food stamps for fast food is not one of them.” (Read the full letter here)
Herron is also a member of Mayor Greg Fischer’s Food Policy Advisory Council.