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U.S. Rep. Tom Cole Receives Foodservice Distribution Industry's Thomas Jefferson Award

April 13, 2016
Press Release

Washington, DC – Representative Tom Cole has been named as a recipient of the 2016 Thomas Jefferson Award.  The award is presented by the International Foodservice Distributors Association to lawmakers who support the free enterprise system. IFDA members touch American lives every day, helping restaurants and other food-away-from-home customers deliver a great dining experience. The Thomas Jefferson Award recognizes legislators whose work in Washington will help distributors accomplish this mission.  

During each Congress, IFDA presents this award to Senators and Members of Congress who demonstrate, through their voting record, a commitment to increasing economic opportunity and reducing government regulation. The 2016 award is based on votes during the 114th Congress on issues critical to the health of the foodservice distribution industry and the nation's overall economy.  
"The foodservice distribution industry is pleased to thank Representative Cole for supporting policies that will help our members grow their businesses," said IFDA President and CEO Mark S. Allen. "Our industry still believes that Thomas Jefferson's vision of a strong free enterprise system, with limited government involvement in the economy, is the path to prosperity. We appreciate Representative Cole's support for our industry."

The program was introduced in 1992 and was inspired by Thomas Jefferson, who in his first inaugural address said, "A wise and frugal government ... shall leave men ... free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."

IFDA members, deliver food and related products to restaurants, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and other foodservice operations. Our members include broadline, systems, and specialty foodservice distributors who operate nearly 800 distribution facilities across the United States and deliver approximately 28 million cases of foodservice products to professional kitchens each day. To learn more about how food gets to your favorite restaurant, go to


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