Episode 14: Advocating for Fresh Produce with Mollie Van Lieu, Senior Director, Nutrition Policy, United Fresh Produce Association

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The Produce Moms Podcast Episode 14

Advocating for Fresh Produce with Mollie Van Lieu, Senior Director, Nutrition Policy, United Fresh Produce


“Over 90% of the produce items USDA is purchasing for schools are dried, canned, or frozen… The opportunities created by the Farm Bill could be the only time that a child has access to fresh fruit and vegetables.”

Mollie Van Lieu, Senior Director of the Nutrition Policy for United Fresh Produce, spends her days on The Hill, advocating and promoting change in our government regarding nutrition. Her mission is to increase the availability and consumption of fresh produce in our homes and schools. Before joining forces with United Fresh Produce, Mollie was the Senior Associate for Government Relations at The Pew Charitable Trusts. She was also the Senior Policy Strategist for the National PTA

“We have been working with the Senate and House to ensure that fruits and vegetables are incentivized… ensuring that we can grow these programs where the most people are shopping is really important.”

In this episode, Lori and Mollie discuss the upcoming Farm Bill and its potential impact on schools and government assistance. Mollie explains the political nature of nutrition and delves into some of the different programs that are supported through Farm Bill.

“Get as involved as you possibly can with United Fresh. I became a much better advocate, a much more passionate participant in our industry when I started getting involved with the political action.”

Mollie is influencing lasting change in our government. However, you don’t have to be a Senior Director in Washington DC to have an influence in policy. If you would like to do your part, below are some quick, easy, effective ways that you can be a part of impacting our nation!

  1. Click this link to advocate for fresh produce- http://www.unitedfresh.org/action/
  1. Visit the website of your members of Congress. Send them an email sharing your desire to continue providing fresh produce (instead of all forms- frozen, dried, canned) to our children!

Some Topics we talk about in this episode:

  • Introduction // Mollie Van Lieu – 1:19
  • What is United Fresh Produce Association?- 3:40
  • Why is Nutrition a Political Issue?- 7:02
  • What is Farm Bill, and What Programs Does it Support?- 9:55
  • What are the Critical Issues Regarding Child Nutrition?- 12:45
  • How You Can Get Involved- 18:42
  • Critical Issues Represented in Farm Bill- 24:36
  • Wrap-up – 26:21

How to get involved

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Episode 14

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Episode 12: Organic Fruit Orchards, Washington Tree Fruit and Stone Fruit

Episode 11: Adding Color, Taste, and Nutrition into your Diet

Episode 10: How Fresh Produce is Healing Families

About Lori

Lori Taylor is the Founder & CEO of The Produce Moms. For ten years she sold fresh produce to over 300 grocery stores throughout the United States, and today she is fully focused on working with the produce supply chain, media, and government to increase fresh produce access & consumption in the US and around the globe. Connect with Lori on LinkedIn.

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