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Over the past month, I have been traveling across the Third District meeting with my bosses. I’ve been out working for you even while the U.S. House of Representatives was in its August work period.
As a co-founder of the Congressional Food Waste Caucus, I learned what folks in Iowa are doing to help end hunger and reduce food waste. I helped Eat Greater Des Moines deliver food to those in need and saw firsthand how PDI in Ankeny is repurposing millions of pounds of waste every year.
In the United States, 40 percent of food is lost or wasted somewhere along the food supply chain. Billions of pounds of food end up in landfills or down the drain, and much of it was safe for consumption before it was thrown away. It has been a goal of mine to reduce food waste and combat hunger.
2018 is quickly passing by and it’s important to reflect on our accomplishments as a community and country, and continue to strive towards improvements for Iowa.
The first half of 2018 has been busy and productive. I’ve been working hard on behalf of my bosses - the folks of Iowa’s Third District. I wanted to take a moment to report to you on just some of my work so far this year.
Iowa Congressman David Young had the opportunity yesterday to see first-hand how one program in Des Moines helps to provide a link between reducing food waste and getting food to those in need. As part of his work with his Food Waste Caucus, Congressman Young joined Eat Greater Des Moines and Wesley Life to collect food from a local Kum & Go and delivered it to those who need it most.
The number is in: 174. That's the number of people who die every day as a result of drug addiction in America, according to the Center for Disease Control.
Chances are you or someone you know has been affected by the opioid epidemic ravaging our country. It affects everyone regardless of gender, race, age, economic status, or where you live. Urban. Suburban. Rural. The addiction does not discriminate. It is ripping apart communities and families across the Third District.
On one of my many school visits, I visited an elementary school here in the Third District. I sat with students during their breakfast and when the bell rang, signaling the time to head to their classroom, I watched students walk to the garbage can and dump trays full of food into it. Whole bananas, unopened cartons of milk, and other untouched foods simply dropped into the trash.
Iowa Congressman David Young joined Agriculture Secretary Perdue for a round table discussion on ways to reduce food waste. Last week, Congressman Young and Congresswoman Pingree started the Food Waste Caucus.
Iowans and Americans across the country are optimistic about the economy. Large and small businesses are giving bonuses to workers, expanding their operations with new workers, and upgrading their equipment. While we continue to make great strides, more must be done to help our farmers and agriculture community.
About every five years Congress considers a new Farm Bill – legislation shaping our nation’s agriculture policy. The current Farm Bill expires this year, giving us a chance to renew and reevaluate our farms programs.
Iowa Congressman David Young joined Rep. Glenn Thompson (PA-05) and Rep. Jim Langevin (RI-02) to introduce the FFA Charter Amendments Act which will modernize the National FFA organization to better reflect agriculture education in the 21st Century.
Iowa Congressman David Young today introduced the WATER Act (Water and Targeted Environmental Research Act) as part of his continued focus on improving the quality of Iowa's water and soil health.