IFDA Government Relations

IFDA works on Capitol Hill as the industry's voice on federal policy. We also keep our members informed about legislation and regulation that will impact foodservice distributors.

IFDA dedicates resources to make sure lawmakers and agencies in Washington understand the impact of their actions on distributors. IFDA also keeps our members informed about government policy, provides grassroots leadership to connect our members with Congress, and is a valuable resource to our members when they face a challenge from government.

In addition to direct lobbying, IFDA also represents distributor interests through coalition work, and provides IFDA members with information and resources to understand government policy affecting their business.


6.5.18  IFDA Meets with White House Official to Discuss Driver Shortage. IFDA President and CEO Mark Allen and Senior Vice President Jon Eisen recently met with Justin Clark, Director of the White House Office of Public Liaison. The meeting was an opportunity to discuss concerns around the driver shortage and regulatory hurdles to bringing younger drivers into the industry. The Trump Administration has made apprenticeship programs a priority but federal requirements that drivers must be 21 to operate in interstate commerce create a major regulatory hurdle.  The DRIVE-Safe act, H.R. 5358, which would create a path for younger drivers to enter the industry and drive in interstate commerce.