Congressman Crowley Dishes Up Healthy Meals at Elmhurst Greenmarket

August 24, 2011
Press Release

On Tuesday, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx) participated in healthy cooking demonstrations led by Cornell University Cooperative Extension of New York City at Elmhurst Greenmarket, a regional farmer’s market organized by GrowNYC that connects local farmers with city residents by delivering fresh fruit, vegetables and other locally produced products. In addition to joining in the healthy cooking demonstrations, Crowley checked out the fresh produce available at the market and discussed healthy eating with Queens residents. 

“We all know fresh produce is good for us, but getting it from the garden to the table in a way that is healthy can be challenging,” said Rep. Crowley. “That’s why initiatives like the Cornell University Cooperative Extension of New York City and the Elmhurst Greenmarket provide such an invaluable service to our community. From information on nutrition and cooking demonstrations to purchasing fresh produce, our community can learn how to eat healthy and stay healthy.”

Rep. Crowley has been a strong advocate of programs that provide access and resources to encourage healthy eating and living, including the seniors and Farmers Market Nutrition Programs, which allow urban residents, particularly seniors, to purchase fresh, regional produce.

In June, Crowley opposed House Republicans’ efforts to cut nutrition programs for families, seniors and children in the 2012 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food & Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 2112). This legislation includes significant cuts to programs like the Cooperative Extension, as well as a devastating cut of $650 million to one of our nation’s most important anti-hunger programs – the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

In New York State, this could mean almost 20,000 participants could be kicked off the WIC program. In addition, the bill slashes food aid for low-income seniors through the Commodity Supplemental Food Program and help for food banks through the Emergency Food Assistance Program.

“At a time when families, seniors and children in New York and around the country are relying on food assistance more than ever, Republicans want to slash access to nutritious food, counseling on healthy eating and health care referrals for those who are struggling,” said Crowley. “Our priorities should be about helping working families and those in need – not eliminating benefits that are already stretched thin.”

Congressman Crowley is a seven-term representative from the 7th Congressional District of New York, which includes sections of Queens and the Bronx. He is a member of the Ways and Means Committee and is a chief deputy whip in the Democratic leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives.