Washington, D.C.–Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) spoke on the House floor in recognition of National Farm to School month. Below is a transcript of her remarks; for video, click here.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise today to celebrate and recognize National Farm to School Month.

The USDA Farm to School Program fosters lifelong learning and community building while providing school children with fresh, healthy foods from local food producers. 

Just this year, Watertown City School District and the Saranac Lake Central School District in the North Country were awarded grants for their Farm to School projects.

These projects will encourage investment during the academic year on locally sourced foods, which will in turn support our North Country farmers.   

I trust their projects will be a success like so many others across upstate New York and the country.

We need to empower our nation’s children and their families to make healthy food choices through education that not only introduces fresh produce but also teaches children about the importance of our agricultural communities.

Thank you, and I yield back.