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Community Farm Alliance Comes Out Against YUM Brands Food Stamp Proposal

The Community Farm Alliance is encouraging Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear to reject a policy that would allow certain food stamp recipients to use their vouchers at fast food restaurants.

Louisville-based Yum Brands is lobbying the state to authorize food stamp use at restaurants by the disabled, elderly and homeless. The fast food giant believes the change would not only be good for business, but it will help those who are underserved and cannot prepare hot meals for themselves.

Farm alliance board member Beth Nolte says the change would push unhealthy meals into vulnerable communities that lack quality produce options.

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Louisville's First “Food Summit” on April 11

Public and private organizations are collaborating to hold Louisville’s first “Food Summit” on April 11. The panel discussions and breakout sessions throughout the day will examine the relationships between those who grow our food, those who sell it, and those who eat it. The idea, organizers say, is to encourage dialogue between all those groups in order to create a healthier food system that welcomes family-scale farming.

Panelists will include farmers, farmers’ market coordinators, grocery retailers, and community activists.

The event, hosted by the Community Farm Alliance, is open to the public. And kids are welcome – there are special activities just for 6 to 13-year olds.

Register here.