PLBC and HDPC examine healthy food options and dairy industry

PHILADELPHIA, April 5 – The Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus and House Democratic Policy Committee today held a joint policy hearing at the Walter Biddle Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences on the importance of increasing access to healthy food options and dairy in various communities throughout Pennsylvania.

PLBC Chairman Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., said, “Countless residents throughout Pennsylvania go each day without access to fresh produce, dairy and culturally appropriate food options; with many of them being the most vulnerable among us. Our policy hearing today highlighted how we can advance policy to alleviate food insecurity and connect people with healthier and more nutritious food sources. I am thankful for today’s testifiers and look forward to working with them to fully address this issue.”

HDPC Chairman Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, added, “Today’s hearing showed that we must do more to increase availability of healthy food throughout Pennsylvania, especially in our underserved communities. I thank Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding for participating today and recognizing the importance of this issue.”

Testifiers ranged from various agencies and groups, including the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Fox Chase Farms, the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, The Food Trust, The Port of Philadelphia, Associates Pennsylvania Constructors, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, Penn Agriculture Industries Association, American Dairy Association, the Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation of Pennsylvania, and students and staff from Saul High School.

Today’s hearing materials will be available at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee. Additional information on House Democrats’ Plan4PA is available at planforpa.pahouse.com.

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