Elmont, NY Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages announced her new appointment as Chair of the Assembly Task Force on Food, Farm and Nutrition Policy.
As the newly appointed Chair of the Assembly Task Force on Food, Farm and Nutrition Policy, I look forward to not only supporting our local food and regional market supply but also ensuring all New Yorkers have access to healthy foods, said Assemblymember Solages.
As a voice for the nutritional needs of preterm infants, Assemblymember Solages was successful in enacting laws that require Medicaid and private insurance companies to cover the cost of donor breast milk for preterm infants. Human milk provides the optimal nutrition for term infants as well as recommended for preterm infants in helping reduce the risk of developing life-threatening infections. No mother, regardless of socioeconomic status, should have to be without the necessary resources to protect the health of their child, stated Assemblymember Solages.
In her new role within Assembly leadership, Michaelle will continue to focus on policy that enhances the nutritional education of pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women as well as infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.
A recent report published by Feeding America, the national hunger relief organization representing 194 food banks across the country, describes a 27.2% increase in the estimated number of Long Island children experiencing food insecurity.
Far too many children and adults have faced or are currently facing periods of food insecurity. This task force will seek to promote food justice for all New Yorkers by empowering communities in their efforts to fight against hunger, declared Assemblywoman Michaelle C. Solages.
About Michaelle C. Solages
Michaelle C. Solages is a member of the New York State Assembly, representing the 22nd Assembly District. She serves as Chair of the Taskforce on Food, Farm & Nutrition Policy and First Vice Chair of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus. She is a member of the following Standing Committees: Health, Libraries and Education Technology, Racing and Wagering and Social Services. She is also a member of the Legislative Women's Caucus. Solages represents the communities of Elmont, North Valley Stream, Valley Stream, South Valley Stream, South Floral Park, Floral Park, the Village of Bellerose, Bellerose Terrace, North Woodmere, Stewart Manor, and sections of Franklin Square.