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Statement attributable to Luis Guardia, President, Food Research & Action Center (FRAC)

WASHINGTON, June 10, 2021 — The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) congratulates our outgoing Board Member Janie Simms Hipp for her swift confirmation for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) General Counsel by the Senate Agriculture Committee.

Hipp, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, will be the first Native American in this position if confirmed by the full Senate and will bring an important voice to underserved communities by ensuring the fair and equitable implementation of all USDA programs.

Her leadership, expertise, and vision will help guide the USDA and strengthen federal nutrition programs, a key fixture for ending hunger in America. Hipp has decades-long experience providing support to underserved communities in the area of agriculture and food policy. FRAC urges swift confirmation by the Senate so that she can begin working at USDA with the Biden administration to help solve our nation’s hunger crisis.


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