CFA Policy Statements
The Canned Food Alliance (CFA) commends the Nevada Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program for adding canned beans to its food package beginning this month. The addition means that more than 76,000 people served by Nevada’s WIC program will have access to canned beans, which not only are an excellent source of fiber, folate and manganese, but also provide a good source of protein, iron, potassium, magnesium and copper. Nevada already allows canned fruits and vegetables to be purchased with WIC fruit and vegetable vouchers.
In conjunction with the House Agriculture Committee’s markup of the 2012 Farm Bill, the Canned Food Alliance (CFA) sent a letter to Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) commending them on the inclusion of a provision in the Farm Bill discussion draft to open the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program to “all forms” of fruits and vegetables, whether they are fresh, canned, frozen or dried. In addition, the CFA urged the Chairman and Ranking Member to support the inclusion of Farm Bill report language that encourages the USDA to recognize the benefits of all forms of fruits, vegetables and beans – whether they are canned, fresh, frozen or dried – in all federally funded food assistance programs.
The Canned Food Alliance (CFA) commends the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) new and improved nutrition standards for school meals that will address the need for better nutrition for our nation’s school children. As a National Strategic Partner of the USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, the CFA supports the new guidelines that will increase the amount and variety of fruits and vegetables provided in school lunch programs.
The CFA recently provided comments to the USDA on how canned foods can play a role in helping Americans meet the USDA dietary guidelines and play a role in efforts to reduce dietary sodium.
CFA has been named as a National Strategic Partner by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP). National Strategic Partners support the mission of the USDA CNPP to promote the 2010 US Dietary Guidelines and MyPlate icon. The CFA was selected as a partner because we:
- Have a health mandate consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the mission of the USDA CNPP
- Promote nutrition in the context of the entirety of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
- Will disseminate CNPP’s Dietary Guidelines messages.
- Will participate in CNPP sessions to develop and execute a joint strategic nutrition promotion plan annually.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has unveiled its new food guide icon – MyPlate. MyPlate encapsulates the recently released 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans in a retainable and easy-to-understand symbol showing the proper proportions of the various food groups depicted on a plate. Canned foods are a nutritional option to meet the new recommendations…
Emphasizes All Forms Count for Nutrition (April 2011) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture is in the process of revising the meal patterns and nutrition requirements for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. Canned foods are an excellent option…
The Canned Food Alliance applauds the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recently released 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans with its emphasis on making smarter food choices for better health. Canned foods are an accessible solution…