2015 Friend of CACFP Award


Representative Marcia Fudge, Ohio


The 2015 recipient of the Friend of CACFP Award, Congresswoman Fudge is a committed public servant who brings a hard-working, problem-solving spirit to Congress and to the task of protecting safety net programs, and improving access to child nutrition programs and healthy foods.

First elected in 2008, she represents the people of the 11th Congressional District of Ohio. Congresswoman Fudge has served the people of Ohio for more than two decades, beginning with the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office. She was the first African American and the first female mayor of Warrensville Heights, Ohio. Congresswoman Fudge serves on the House Committee on Agriculture and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce which is charged with legislation for CACFP and all child nutrition programs. She is the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education.

Congresswoman Fudge consistently fights for equitable access to a quality education from preschool through post-secondary programs, child nutrition, food stamp (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) recipients, for access to locally grown, healthy foods. Congresswoman Fudge's work ethic, problem solving approach, and ability to build collaborative relationships has earned her a reputation among her colleagues in Washington and at home as an insightful leader and knowledgeable legislator. NCA is proud to honor Congress Marcia L. Fudge for her support of CACFP.

Watch Representative Marcia Fudge's acceptance speech