food desert http://wfpl.org en Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Urges Against Food Stamp Cuts But For Ban on Soda Purchases http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-mayor-greg-fischer-urges-against-food-stamp-cuts-ban-soda-purchases <p>Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is urging Congress against cutting food stamps in the upcoming farm bill.</p><p>But a letter the mayor signed also asks federal lawmakers to bar recipients from buying sodas and other sugary beverages.</p><p>The House is expected to vote on the legislation this week with the $80 billion Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, or SNAP, at the center of the debate. Republicans are pushing for $4 billion in cuts, but Democrats argue that could kick up to 2 million recipients off the food stamp rolls.</p><p>On Tuesday Fischer joined over a dozen other mayors in saying Congress should do more to combat obesity and create incentives for food stamp recipients to buy more fruits and vegetables.</p><p>Among those who signed the letter were New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who pushed to ban soda drinks in large sizes&nbsp; before a court ruling nixed the plan.</p><p>"Congress should direct the USDA to test policies that support healthful food choices and reduce consumption of products, such as sugar-sweetened beverages, that threaten the health of many Americans," the letter reads. Wed, 19 Jun 2013 21:51:50 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5844 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Urges Against Food Stamp Cuts But For Ban on Soda Purchases YMCA, Grasshoppers Distribution Discuss Fresh Produce in Portland http://wfpl.org/post/ymca-grasshoppers-distribution-discuss-fresh-produce-portland <p>YMCA of Greater Louisville is continuing to lead efforts to bring fresh produce to areas of the city that lack food options.</p><p>A report released this week by the &nbsp;<a href="http://fitky.org/">Partnership for a Fit Kentucky</a>&nbsp;features 17 projects around the commonwealth that are models for fighting obesity.</p> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 17:18:16 +0000 Devin Katayama 666 at http://wfpl.org YMCA, Grasshoppers Distribution Discuss Fresh Produce in Portland