Support Oregon Grown Produce for Kids

Tell our legislators to support HB 2800, A wonderful opportunity to support local farmers, create jobs, help out school lunch programs and bring healthier meals to children. 

About HB 2800:
This bill will create jobs by feeding Oregon kids Oregon food. Because
of the current budget crisis, the bill has been scaled back from its
original version by implementing a competitive grant process. This
will help establish a Farm to School/School Gardens framework that can
be expanded upon in better economic times. The investment from the
Economic Development Fund of the lottery will reimburse schools $.15
per school lunch in order to purchase Oregon products. It also
provides funds for school gardens and nutrition education.

HB 2800 is up for discussion this week in the Oregon Ways & Means Committee. If you have a moment contact the following (and make sure to thank them for supporting this bill in throughout the session):

Sen. David Nelson, Co-Chair Rep. Bruce L Hanna, Co-Chair Rep. Arnie Roblan, Co-Chair Rep. Nancy Nathanson, Co-Vice Chair Rep. Greg Smith, Co-Vice Chair Sen. Peter Courtney Sen. Richard Devlin

What to say (if you want assistance):
“Dear Representative/Senator __________,
I am calling/writing to ask for your support for HB 2800, the Farm to
School and School Garden legislation.
[Give your name, profession and where you live].
[Then, in your own words, give reasons this bill is good for Oregon:
• In times of economic crisis, more than ever we need
to be supporting our State’s agriculture and food producers
• HB 2800 will create jobs across the State,
particularly in rural areas, while also making sure our kids have
access to healthy and nutritious food
• The money for the program will come from the economic
development fund, which means lottery dollars will go directly to
putting rural Oregonians back to work]
Please make sure this bill continues to get discussed in legislature
this session. HB 2800 is vital to creating good jobs and ensuring
healthy opportunities for Oregon’s kids.
Thank you for your time and consideration.

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