As the Food Industry Association, and representing authorized partners of the nation’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, FMI re-emphasizes its commitment to administering the U.S. Department of Agriculture SNAP program. It does so to promote food and nutrition security for millions of Americans and provide access to nutritionally beneficial and affordable foods with the release of the revised Thrifty Food Plan.
Jennifer Hatcher, FMI chief public policy officer and senior VP of government relations, commented on the plan.
“The grocery industry is proud to partner with the United States Department of Agriculture in perhaps the most successful public-private partnership of the last 50 years – distributing food assistance benefits in the most efficient, affordable and safest ways to every community across the country,” Hatcher said.
“The COVID-19 pandemic fundamentally changed consumer grocery shopping habits. FMI research on shopper trends points to a strong desire among consumers to strengthen immunity and prevent disease while preparing more meals at home and placing higher value on enjoying food with others. As 44 percent of Americans identify health and nutrition priorities in cooking, food retailers and suppliers continue to develop convenient, health-focused strategies to help all shoppers – including the 42 million Americans on feeding assistance – stay inspired with easy meal solutions.
“Over the years, we’ve increased our focus on providing nutritionally significant products to SNAP customers and to the nationwide network of food banks. Food retail is the largest source of donations to Feeding America’s food bank network, which provided food assistance to more than 40 million Americans last year.
“As private partners with the government ensuring efficient redemption of SNAP benefits in every community across the country, retailers look forward to continuing to maintain and build upon the successes of the SNAP program,” Hatcher said.
As the food industry association, FMI works with and on behalf of the entire industry to advance a safer, healthier and more efficient consumer food supply chain. FMI brings together a wide range of members across the value chain — from retailers that sell to consumers, to producers that supply food and other products, as well as the wide variety of companies providing critical services — to amplify the collective work of the industry.