Blog | October 18, 2023

Major General (Ret.) Wofford Meets With Members of Congress

Discussions highlighted how Farm Bill programs are connected to national security

Major General (Ret.) William Wofford, U.S. Army, recently traveled from Arkansas to Washington, D.C. for meetings with Senator John Boozman and Representative Steve Womack.

During these meetings, MG (Ret.) Wofford highlighted how nationwide, 77 percent of Americans between the ages of 17 and 24 are ineligible for military service. Furthermore, he expressed how obesity is the most significant disqualifier and how investments in healthy and nutritious foods can combat this challenge.

MG (Ret.) Wofford focused on how programs within the Farm Bill play a critical role in addressing child nutrition. He shared how these programs can help ensure children and youth have access to fresh and nutritious foods, as well as ensuring they receive proper nutrition education to set them up for a healthy and successful life.

He relayed to Senator Boozman and Representative Womack that Mission: Readiness is focused on the following three priorities in the Farm Bill:

  • Updating and strengthening SNAP Nutrition Incentives, also known as the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentives Program (GusNIP).

  • Incentivizing collaboration between Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) and GusNIP-funded projects to expand nutrition education opportunities.

  • Incentivize collaboration between SNAP-Ed and GusNIP-funded projects to expand nutrition education opportunities.

As the former Adjutant General in Arkansas, MG (Ret.) Wofford has forged a long-term, professional working relationship with Senator Boozman, Representative Womack, and other members of the Arkansas Congressional delegation. Particularly, Representative Womack, a retired Colonel from the Arkansas Army National Guard, and MG (Ret.) Wofford enjoyed catching up and discussing some of their shared experiences in service to the state of Arkansas and the nation.

  • Senator John Boozman with MG (Ret.) William Wofford

    From left to right: Senator John Boozman, MG (Ret.) William Wofford

  • MG (Ret.) William Wofford with Congressman Steve Womack

    From left to right: MG (Ret.) William Wofford with Congressman Steve Womack