(NASHVILLE) — Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville), on Ag Day on the Hill this week, and other legislators launched the Tennessee Nutrition Caucus. “This is a bi-partisan team of state legislators who understand that one’s quality of life depends on the necessities of life.” Currently, according to Feeding America, 25.1% of Tennessee’s children and 17.6% of Tennessee’s general population do not know where their next meal will come from.
Norris was joined by Senators Steven Dickerson (R-Nashville) and Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) and Representatives Curtis Halford (R-Dyer), Jason Powell (D-Nashville), and Joe Towns (D-Memphis) at the announcement.
At the event Senator Dickerson said, “As one of the three practicing physicians in the Senate, I have a unique opportunity to see the ravaging effect of poor nutrition on a daily basis, and I am excited to work toward implementing good public policy based on my experience. There’s much to be done.”
Members of the Caucus were joined by several community organizations engaged in the fight against hunger and malnutrition: the Tennessee Farm Bureau, YMCA, Beverage Association of Tennessee, Tennessee Wildlife Federation, Feeding America, Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and University of Tennessee Center for Health Science Center.
“Our long-term goal is to provide an appropriate forum to find solutions to malnutrition – legislative, public, private and volunteer – and put them to work like reducing unemployment through healthier lifestyles, eliminating food deserts, encouraging urban gardening, harvests for the hungry and community education events. These are just a few examples of what we can do together to make a meaningful difference in the lives of all Tennesseans.”