Kirsten Gillibrand Launches 2012 With a Call for Increased Food Stamp Money, Better Access to Fresh Food
Electeds like to talk -- but U.S. Sen. Kirsten
Gillibrand came to the Bronx today to listen.
That's what Gillibrand said at the launch of an event this morning at Hostos Community College, where she joined Rep. Joe Crowley for a "listening session" on an upcoming Farm Bill, which Congress is set to debate this year.
She started the session, which was her kickoff press appearance of 2012, with some politics 101 -- it's all about being the voice for YOU, New Yorkers. "It's really important that I have the chance to sit on this committee to be your voice," she told the crowd of more than a hundred advocates and interested residents. "I need to hear directly from you, so that's why I'm here."
Gillibrand is pushing for a 30% increase in the amount of money that goes into food stamps through the upcoming bill, she said, so that families would get $800 per month, instead of $600. She's also looking to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables in the food deserts of the city, like parts of the Bronx. Gillibrand, who is now on a "listening tour," recently visited Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market in the Bronx and said there's a lot of potential to make it a more effective food hub for local residents.
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