Congressman Eliot L. Engel has received a 100 percent score on Food Policy Action's latest annual scorecard for his work in Congress to promote higher food standards and healthier living. The organization, founded in 2012 to "hold members of Congress accountable for their votes on safe, healthy, affordable, and accessible food," scored a number of key votes during the 2017 session of Congress, including ones on food regulation and pesticide use. Engel was also highlighted for his cosponsorship of key legislation, including the "Anti-Lunch Shaming Act" which seeks to destigmatize the National School Lunch Program; the "Raise the Wage Act" which would raise the federal minimum wage, helping workers in the food industry; and the "Health Families Act" which would set a national minimum standard for paid sick days.
"I'm proud to receive a 100 percent score from Food Policy Action, which demonstrates my commitment to expanding healthy food options for families in my district," Engel said. "I particularly appreciate how this scorecard takes into account many of the other issues that can affect access to quality food, like workers' wages and family leave. This type of comprehensive approach will help us bring better, healthier food options to more people."