U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-Newark) will chair a Senate panel will oversight over food and nutrition assistance and school meals, he announced Monday.
“Our nation’s food system is fundamentally broken. While big agriculture conglomerates get richer and bigger, our family farmers continue to struggle and tens of millions of families face food insecurity and a lack of access to affordable, nutritious food,” he said. “The COVID-19 public health and economic crisis has exacerbated these systemic injustices and demonstrated how the interconnected challenges of our food system are a matter of racial justice, economic justice and health justice.”
The senator will head the Senate Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee of Food and Nutrition, Specialty Crops, Organics and Research.
Booker, who is vegan, lured supermarkets to Newark during his tenure as mayor there, reducing food deserts in New Jersey’s most populous city.
“As chairman of this subcommittee, I look forward to working alongside my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to confront these challenges, develop comprehensive solutions to fix our food system and ensure that all people — from rural communities to cities like the one I call home — have equitable access to nutritious, healthy foods,” he said.