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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.

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Community Farm Alliance Releases Letter Against Yum Brands Food Stamp Proposal

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.

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Slow Food International Postpones Decision

Slow Food International is still considering Louisville as a host city for its international congress, however, the group has postponed their decision until the next board meeting in June.

The organization works for environmentally responsible agricultural practices with a commitment to serving healthy, local food in communities. The name Slow Food comes from the group’s intent to fight the rise of fast food restaurants and its impacts on communities and the environment.

This would be the first time the event has been held in the US and only the second time it has been held outside of Europe. The International Congress has been held every four years since 1990; it’s first meeting was held in Venice.

The organization is also considering New York, Washington DC and New Orleans.

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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.