Government: Getting Government Support During COVID-19

Past Event

Wednesday May 6, 2020

Government passed legislation to provide organizations with support during the pandemic, but have you made the most of what’s available to your organization? Are you sharing the right information with the right people? Learn from experts how you can work with different levels of government to improve food access and reduce food waste.


Emily Broad Leib

Director, Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic

Elizabeth Balkan

Director, Food Waste, Food & Agriculture Program, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Tom O'Donnell, PhD

Sustainability Coordinator, US Environmental Protection Agency (NAHE) Region 3

Event Resources
Key Takeaways


Emily highlights that it’s difficult for the federal government to precisely target where funding should go. She recommends greater collaboration across federal, state, and local governments, so that state and local governments can use their intimate knowledge of their constituents to help direct federal funding to where it will have the greatest impact.


Relatedly, Emily expects states and localities will receive more federal funding in the coming weeks. She recommends contacting your representative in Congress, as well as working with your state and local governments, to help them build a case as to why your region should receive funding. You can find their contact info here.

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