Rep. Doreen Gallegos spurs economic development with ‘farm to cafeteria’ bill
Legislation focuses on putting NM grown produce in school lunches
SANTA FE, NM – House Bill 231, “Expand NM-Grown Produce in School Lunches” sponsored by Rep. Doreen Gallegos (D-Dona Ana) received a unanimous Do Pass in the House Agriculture, Water and Wildlife Committee this morning. The bill now heads to the House Appropriations and Finance Committee.
HB 231 seeks an appropriation to provide locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables for public school lunch programs in areas with farmer training programs in North-central and South-central New Mexico.
The bill enjoyed public support from farmers around the state and bipartisan support from the committee.
HB 231 allocates $160,000 from the general fund to the NMSU Board of Regents to expand the farmer training program that provides locally grown fruits and vegetables for public school lunch programs.
“This program will strengthen the relationship between our local farmers and their local markets and expand economic development for the farmers that will be providing fresh, nutritious lunches for our children in public schools,” said Rep. Gallegos. “This will be good for New Mexico’s agricultural economy and will benefit our children.”