Turn Food Policy into Action on 11/17 at Campos Community Garden — with Chefs Tom Colicchio and Bill Telepan



Plate of the Nation

Join chef and food activist Tom Colicchio, owner of Crafted Hospitality, at Campos Community Garden on Tuesday, November 17, 2015, as he announces the findings from the National Food Policy Progress Report (aka the National Food Policy Scorecard) developed by Food Policy Action (FPA), the organization he cofounded. Joining Chef Colicchio will be FPA’s co-founder, Ken Cook, president of the Environmental Working Group (EWG), along with Chef Bill Telepan, executive chef of Wellness in the Schools (WITS) and chef of Telepan. Colicchio and Cook will announce the scorecard results, while Telepan will demonstrate a healthy snack recipe with students from WITS for guests to enjoy while they tour Campos Community Garden and the Children’s Garden at Campos.

The National Food Policy Scorecard is FPA’s round-up of the year’s most important food
legislation considered by both the House and Senate and how all members of Congress voted on those issues. Scored food policy issues include:  fpa_long_logo

  • domestic and international hunger
  • food safety
  • food access
  • farm subsidies
  • animal welfare
  • food and farm labor
  • nutrition
  • food additives
  • food transparency
  • local and regional food production
  • organic farming, and
  • the effects of food production on the environment.

The scorecard arms food-interested voters with information to “vote with their forks” and identify which legislators are working for sensible food policies.

“In order to change our broken food system, we  must hold our elected officials accountable for their votes on food issues,” says Claire Benjamin DiMattina, FPA’s Executive Director. “That’s why we developed the National Food Policy Scorecard — the first food scorecard of its kind designed to educate Americans on the votes their elected officials cast on important food issue.”

This year’s scorecard features a more detailed and in-depth look at what important food policy bills legislators are supporting. FPA calculated legislators’ scores based on critical food votes as well as looking at some of their “co-sponsorships” of important bills that have not received a full vote in the House or Senate. These co-sponsorships reveal even more about a legislator’s commitment to improving our food system, says DiMattina.


Herb Spiral at Campos Community Garden

WHEN: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
(Colicchio, Cook and Telepan will be available for interviews from 11:30 a.mm-12 p.m. and there will be a Q+A during event.).

WHERE: Campos Community Garden, 640-644 East 12th Street (between Avenue B & C) in Manhattan’s East Village.

WHY:  The National Food Policy Progress Report for the 114th Congress reflects how legislators have voted on food-related policies in 2015, including child nutrition, fisheries, water quality, and food labeling. Announcing the scorecard release in New York City for the first time allows FPA to partner with NYC-based organization Wellness in the Schools to highlight the importance of federal policies that support nutritious and accessible school meal programs.

With its heavy emphasis on food production, Campos Community Garden is thrilled to host this event because it helps highlight the importance and impact of community and school gardens on our local and national food system and puts them up front with other food policy conversations in a real and tangible way.

Sign up HERE to see last year’s scorecard and for a sneak peek of the 2015 National Food Scorecard

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: BeccaPR, Meghan Sherrill, (212) 633-2129, meghan@beccapr.com.

About Food Policy Action
Food Policy Action was established in 2012 through a collaboration of national food policy leaders in order to hold legislators accountable on votes that have an effect on food and farming. Our goal is to change the national dialogue on food policy by educating the public on how elected officials are voting on these issues. Through education and the National Food Policy Scorecard, more people will be armed with the information they need to vote with their forks and elect more food policy leaders across the country.

About Environmental Working Group
The Environmental Working Group’s mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. With breakthrough research and education, we drive consumer choice and civic action. 
We are a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment.

About Wellness in the Schools
Wellness in the Schools is a New York City-based organization that creates public-private partnerships to develop programs that provide healthy foods, healthy environments, and opportunities for regular play to help kids learn and grow.

Watch: Bill Telepan — Rooted in NYC

Boys Club planting peppers at Children’s Garden at Campos

About Campos Community Garden and Children’s Garden at Campos
Campos Community Garden is a sunny 5,000-square-foot community garden on East 12th Street between Avenues B and C in Manhattan. It’s mission is: Creating community, teaching our kids, growing food and flowers, digging in the dirt, hanging out, having fun! We are especially focused on serving neighborhood kids and growing food and are about to expand our food production capacity once again after a very successful season last year. The Children’s Garden at Campos was created in 2013 in the wake of Hurricane Sandy’s destruction after Children’s Workshop School generously took it upon themselves to seek and won a grant to help repair the garden. In gratitude, the garden decided to use the funds to pilot a gardening experience in a space opened up after a tree was knocked down during the Hurricane. We set out to design as unique, functional, and diverse—and fun–a children’s garden for the students to learn about gardening, food, history, science, art, and the environment.

Tom and Karen
Chef Tom Colicchio discussing food and farm policy with community garden Activist Karen Washington, co-owner of Rise and Root Farm, with Mother Jones’ Tom Philpott, at “Enter the Conversation” at St. John the Divine on October 6. 2015.

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