Rep. Cheryl Youakim (46B) – Legislative Update
This last week was full of community events. On Monday night, we had close to 50 people join us for the SD46 Town Hall Meeting to wrap up the 2017 legislative session. Thank you to all of those who attended, there were great questions and conversations that took place. I will be starting my twice a week “Coffee & Conversations” in the fall; stay tuned for the dates.
On Wednesday, I took a tour of a mobile exhibit at Adath Synagogue called thisishunger.org. It put together by mazon.org to raise awareness of hunger and lack of healthy food access that folks face across our country. The exhibit shared stories of families facing hunger, walked attendees through the process of meal planning for $1.40 per person and shared important statistics. In Minnesota, this organization has helped change policy to increase access to healthy foods through programs like “Market Bucks.” By providing matching dollars, “Market Bucks” enables folks who qualify for food assistance to buy more affordable produce at local farmers markets. (more…)