Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has signed onto a bipartisan letter regarding NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposed banning of flavored milk in New York City schools. The letter, signed by several other members of New York’s congressional delegation, opposes the proposal and outlines the need to support New York’s dairy industry, the largest agricultural sector in the state, while ensuring that New York City children have access to an abundant and nutritious food supply.
“I strongly oppose Mayor de Blasio’s reckless and irresponsible proposed flavored milk ban, as it would do a serious disservice to upstate New York’s dairy farmers, many of whom reside in my district and support our rural economies,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “North Country dairy farmers are proud to supply wholesome dairy products, including flavored milks, to schools not only in New York City, but across the state. Studies have shown that flavored milks are the vehicle through which many growing children receive essential nutrients, and by decreasing the availability of flavored milks in schools, the amount of food waste increases. Removing the option of flavored milks in schools is an unnecessary threat not only to children in the New York City school system, but a serious and avoidable threat to our vibrant upstate dairy economy.”