Help struggling seniors get fresh healthy foods at farmers markets in Missouri

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Update April 30, 2018:

SB 787 passed out of House Rules Committee. Please urge Majority Floor Leader Rep. Rob Vescovo to take up the bill for debate by the full House as soon as possible so that the bill gets over the finish line! 


Update April 24, 2018:

House Rules Committee will hold a hearing on SB 787 tomorrow, Wednesday, April 25 at 12:00 p.m. 


Update April 23, 2018:

Only a few weeks remain for the bills to receive the votes they need to pass into law. Now is the time to speak up! This week, we are asking advocates in all Missouri districts to encourage the House to act on SB 787. It needs approval from the House Rules Committee on Legislative Oversight before it can proceed to the full chamber for final approval. Will you please contact the Chairman Shawn Rhoads and Majority Floor Leader Rob Vescovo and urge them to pass SB 787?  These leaders need positive calls and emails of encouragement. Please speak up today and encourage your networks to do the same! 

Sample Script for Representative Barnes
Shawn Rhoads (District 154, Howell County)
Rules Chairman
573-751-1455 (o)
Hello,
I’m ____(introduce yourself)___  and I’m calling today with a message of encouragement for Representative Rhoads regarding Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program legislation. May I give you my message?
I encourage Rep. Rhoads to pass SB 787 out of Rules Committee this week. This consensus legislation has repeatedly fallen prey to end of session political fights. Rep. Rhoads can help ensure this year is different and get SB 787 over the finish line. Seniors and farmers need his help.(wait to respond to any questions and thank the staff before ending call) 
Sample Script for Representative Vescovo
Rep. Rob Vescovo (District 112, Jefferson County)
Majority Floor Leader
573 751 3607 (o)
Hello,
I’m ____(introduce yourself)___ and I’m calling today with a message of encouragement for Floor Leader Vescovo regarding Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program legislation. May I give you my message?
I encourage Rep. Vescovo to take up SB 787 for debate as soon as possible and do all he can to ensure it is truly agreed to and finally passed.
This consensus legislation has repeatedly fallen prey to end of session political fights. Rep. Vescovo can help ensure this year is different and get SFMNP over the finish line. Seniors and farmers need his help! (wait to respond to any questions and thank the staff before ending call) 

Update April 10, 2018:

SB 787 received a positive hearing and has passed out of the House Agriculture Policy Committee . Likewise, the Senate Agriculture Committee passed HB 1625 and moves on to the full Senate for consideration.


Update April 9, 2018:

Both HB 1625 and SB 787 will receive public hearings this week. HB 1625 will be heard by Senate Agriculture Committee on Monday, April 9 at 2:00 p.m., and the House Agriculture Policy Committee will hold an hearing for SB 787 on Tuesday, April 10 at 12:00 p.m.. 


Two bills that have been introduced in the Missouri Legislature will allow low income seniors to buy fresh healthy food at farmers markets. We’re asking for your help in getting them passed. Please contact your legislators today and urge their support for HB1625 and SB787!

Missouri is one of just seven states that do not participate in Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. The state is missing out on hundreds of thousands of grant dollars. 

More than 200,000 seniors sought help from Missouri food pantries in 2014. The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition program helps struggling seniors stretch their budgets and get fresh healthy foods. The program will also generate new sales for Missouri farmers and stimulate local economies.

Last month, the House approved House Bill 1625, sponsored by Rep. Lynn Morris (R, district 140). Now it moves to the Senate and will be considered by the Senate Agriculture Committee. Meanwhile in the Senate, Senate Bill 787, sponsored by Sen. Kiki Curls (D, district 9) passed unanimously and will be considered by the House Agriculture Policy Committee.

Please speak out for low income seniors. Our phone script makes it easy.

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