Isabelle M. Kelley (1917-1997)
Principal author of the Food Stamp Act of 1964 and first director of the U.S. Food Stamp Program; first woman to direct a national action program for the USDA (Inducted 2011)
Isabelle M. Kelley dedicated her life to public service. Throughout her 33-year career in the United States Department of Agriculture, she worked tirelessly to improve the lives of children and low-income families, increasing their access to proper nutrition. She administered the Penny Milk Program that provided a half-pint of milk to school children for a penny. Based on this initiative, she received the Department of Agriculture’s Superior Honor Award. She was the principal author of the Food Stamp Act of 1964 and became the Food Stamp Program’s first director. Her childhood home is located at 24 Fairview Street in Simsbury.
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