Help get answers to the answers to these important issues!

Before you cast your vote on Tuesday, November 3rd, you deserve to know where candidates running for Congress in Illinois stand on the most pressing food and farm issues.

Now is the time to urge candidates in your congressional district to complete the Illinois Food & Farm Candidate Questionnaire and make local food and farms part of their platform this election season.

About the Illinois Food And Farm Candidate Questionnaire

This year, Illinois Stewardship Alliance worked with state and national partners to create a Food & Farm Candidate Questionnaire, featuring nine questions on the most pressing issues facing farmers and eaters across Illinois.

Be sure to JOIN US every Tuesday from September until Election Day for “Eat Drink Vote: Your Guide to Food & Farm Issues this Election “ ,we’ll meet with farmers and organizations from across the state to discuss key issues from Illinois Stewardship Alliance’s Food and Farm Candidate Questionnaire.

We sent the Candidate Questionnaire to 50 candidates running for Congress in every district in Illinois and asked how they would respond to issues from food security and corporate control to racial equity and climate change.

You’ll hear stories from farmers about how issues like food security, land access, climate change, and racial equity affect their lives, livelihoods, and the well-being of their community and surrounding ecosystem. Then we’ll discuss positive policy solutions that your congressional candidate can take to address these issues.

  • Sept. 1: Increasing Food Security and Strengthening the Local Food Economy (video link)
  • Sept. 8: The Next Generation of Farmers: Land Access and Barriers to Entry
  • Sept. 15: Racial Equity in the Food System: Land Dispossession and Stolen Labor
  • Sept. 22: City Foodscapes: Federal Support and Planning for Urban Agriculture
  • Sept. 29: Creating a Level Playing Field: Consolidation, Farm Income, and Debt
  • Oct. 6: Reducing Agricultural Runoff for Water Quality
  • Oct 13: Farming as a Climate Change Solution
  • Oct. 20: Access to Affordable Quality Healthcare
  • Oct. 27: A Resilient Food System Post Covid-19

It’s time to vote in a better food system– join us in learning how.

With Election Day just around the corner, now is the time to urge congressional candidates to respond to the questionnaire and show that local food and regenerative agriculture matter.

Once candidates complete the questionnaire, you will be able to read and learn more about their responses on our website so you can make an informed choice at the ballot box.

But first, candidates must respond!

Your voice matters. Help put food and farms front and center by urging your member of Congress and their challenger to complete the Food & Farm Candidate Questionnaire.

Urge your candidates to respond

We’ve compiled a list of candidates, contact information, and sample messages below to make using your voice easy.

  • 1. If you don’t know your Congressional district, find your district here:
  • 2. Find your candidates’ contact information here:
  • 3. Contact candidates in your district via FB, Twitter, Email, or all three! Sample messages are below:

Post on Facebook and Tag the Candidates (be sure to tag both the incumbent and all challengers):

Illinois food and farms deserve to be part of the conversation this election season. @Illinois Stewardship Alliance has put together a candidate questionnaire featuring 9 of the most pressing issues facing farmers and local food systems right now, and I want answers– @incumbentFBhandle, @challengerFBhandlehttps://www.ilstewards.org/voterguideresponse/

Tweet at the Candidates (be sure to tag both the incumbent and all challengers):

Illinois food and farms matter to me, and they should matter to congressional candidates too. @ILStewards has put together a candidate questionnaire and I want answers– @incumbenthandle, @challengerhandlehttps://www.ilstewards.org/voterguideresponse/

Send an Email or Direct Message: 

Dear office of (candidate name)

I’m a voter and Illinois food and farms matter to me. Illinois Stewardship Alliance has put together a candidate questionnaire featuring 9 of the most pressing issues facing farmers and local food systems right now and I look forward to your responses. Here’s the link to complete the Candidate Questionnaire: https://www.ilstewards.org/voterguideresponse/. I hope to learn more about your stance on these issues soon!

Thank you for making food and farm a part of the conversation this election season.