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Food Council Will Discuss Yum Brands Proposal

Created to combat obesity, the Louisville’s Food Policy Advisory Council will hold its second meeting Tuesday where it will it discuss a proposal by Yum Brands to authorize certain food stamp recipients to use their vouchers at fast food restaurants.

Local food advocates have criticized the Louisville-based company for lobbying state government to allow the disabled, elderly and homeless to use their vouchers at their restaurant,

The 25-member panel was appointed by Mayor Greg Fischer to propose innovative solutions to create a vibrant food system, but has yet to release a statement in regards to the plan though many members have begun to raise their concerns.

Policy member James Neumann, who co-owns ValuMarket, says Yum’s idea would go against local efforts to bring healthier foods to impoverished neighborhoods known as food deserts.

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Food Advocate Questions Fischer’s McDonald’s Appearance

After celebrating the renovation of a McDonald’s in west Louisville, Mayor Greg Fischer was called out by a member of his own recently-formed Food Policy Council who was disappointed in the message it sent to food justice advocates.

The fast food restaurant at 28th and Broadway was closed for a few months for remodeling, but re-opened Thursday with a celebration of dance crews, drum lines and a visit from Ronald McDonald. Fischer attended the festivities and praised the store’s owner, but a local food justice advocate was displeased enough to voice her frustration.

Responding via Facebook, Metro employee SteVon Edwards, who sits on the food panel as a appointee from the health department, said the appearance was furthering the problem of poor food options in west Louisville.

Local News Next Louisville

Food Policy Council Established

By Sheila Ash

Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson and public health and wellness officials have announced the creation of a Food Policy Advisory Council.

The Council is part of the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement and will help oversee efforts to create healthier food opportunities in Louisville.

A nearly $8 million federal grant was awarded to the city this year to help fund those efforts.

Abramson says the application process has begun to seat the council, which will have at least 15 members.

“A diverse group of people from across the community all focused on encouraging a robust, sustainable local food economy and a healthier population,” he said.

A development committee will review applications and then make recommendations to Mayor-elect Greg Fischer.

Anyone interested in serving on the council should apply by December 24.

More information is available here.