Representative Xavier Becerra (CA-34), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, issued the statement below in response to Occidental College, located in his district, earning a U.S. Department of Agriculture (U.S.D.A.) grant to support and expand the distribution of foods grown by local farmers to low-income families.
With the nearly $500,000 USDA grant, Occidental College will expand its Market Together program which connects local businesses, like supermarkets, with local farmers and promotes healthy eating practices among families.
"Occidental College has worked hard to be a community leader in Los Angeles, not just in higher education but as an indispensable partner to its neighbors in Northeast LA. Many residents in the area work hard but earn modest incomes. It's hard to afford -- or sometimes even find -- fresh, healthy food. We are fortunate that Occidental College has stepped up to the plate through its Market Together program, and I'm delighted that we now have the federal grant to allow Occidental to expand the program's reach. Angelenos eligible for food assistance will benefit from locally grown food, which will promote healthy eating and, in turn, support local farmers and our region's economy. That's a win-win for everyone."