Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur met with George H. Lambert, Jr., the new president and CEO of the Lorain County Urban League, Inc.
They discussed ways in which the organization can become more involved in community agriculture. Kaptur is committed to helping Mr. Lambert find the necessary federal resources to start several pilot projects.
"In many urban areas of the country, access to fresh fruit and vegetables is limited," said Kaptur. "We need to encourage individuals in our communities throughout Northern Ohio to grow their own healthy food through community gardens, vertical gardens, and hoop houses," Kaptur said.
Kaptur and Lambert also discussed Kaptur's legislation, H.R. 3225, the Community Agriculture Development and Jobs Act. Kaptur's bill would provide additional resources for agricultural production in urban areas and also increase economic growth. "Not only will this bill encourage production in areas that need it most, but it also has the potential to create over 67,000 jobs," said Kaptur.
"We need to continue building strong, engaged communities and work together to lift Northern Ohio out of our current economic challenges. That means more innovation, additional education and job training, better access to nutrition and health care, and affordable housing for our people.
"We congratulate Mr. Lambert on his new role at the Lorain County Urban League. I have no doubt that Mr. Lambert will be a strong voice for our communities in Lorain County and the surrounding areas," said Kaptur.