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Safe Food for Seniors of 2013 (H.R. 2181)

CapitolThe ANFP Legislative Committee has played an important role in spearheading the Safe Food for Seniors Act (H.R. 2181).  This work is critical, as we continue to be at the forefront of health care policy debates, and are dedicated to advancing initiatives that support the highest quality of patient care.

Safe Food for Seniors Act

The Safe Food for Seniors Act (H.R. 2181) was introduced on May 23, 2013 by Reps. Tom Latham (R-IA) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR).  Since its introduction, Rep. Lynn Jenkins (KS-02) has also agreed to cosponsor the bill.

The Safe Food for Seniors Act (H.R. 2181) requires Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) receiving federal funds to require the director of food services, if not a full-time qualified dietitian, be a Certified Dietary Manager | Certified Food Protection Professional (CDM | CFFP); or a Dietetic Technician, Registered; or have the equivalent training from military experience or traditional education. This would ensure that food service managers who run the day-to-day foodservice operations are adequately trained and certified.

Passage of this bill is an important step in positioning the CDM | CFPP credential.  Here’s how you can help!

  • Email Your Member of Congress – Contact your legislator!  Use the ANFP’s template to send a letter to your member of Congress.  Click here for a pre-written letter that you can send to your representatives asking for their support of the Safe Food For Seniors Act (H.R. 2181).  Let them know that this is important to you and that their support is vital in moving this legislation forward.
  • Support Your Congressman locally – Attend town hall meetings, participate in local fundraisers, and invite your legislator to a meeting or facility visit -- engage in ongoing, grassroots efforts to advocate for the Safe Food for Seniors Act (H.R. 2181)
  • Make a Contribution – Find out how making a contribution to PAC gives ANFP members a voice in Washington!

The ANFP would like to encourage all of its members to become more involved in advocacy and public policy.  For more ideas on how to get involved or to discuss the current status of the bill, please contact Martha Abel at 630.587.6336 ext. 136 or via e-mail at

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