Kaptur Introduces Bipartisan Resolution Supporting the Reestablishment of Victory Gardens Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
Washington, D.C. — Today, Representative Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, introduced a bipartisan resolution recognizing the important role Victory Gardens played in America’s World War efforts and reaffirming their purpose as essential to strengthening food security, health education, and community morale during the 2020 Coronavirus disease (COVID–19) crisis. In introducing the resolution, Representative Kaptur was joined by Representative Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, as an original cosponsor.
The resolution makes clear that the House of Representatives:
- Recognizes the importance of the health consciousness, food security, and community morale that is spurred by planting of Victory Gardens;
- Recognizes that the Secretary of Agriculture should collaborate with the House of Representatives to encourage citizens to plant Victory Gardens for the benefit of their families, communities, and country;
- Recognizes that the Secretary of Agriculture supply seeds, preserving materials, and manuals to help citizens grow and preserve crops from their Victory Gardens during the COVID–19 crisis.
“Victory Gardens played a historic role in strengthening our country’s food security, health education, and community morale through the worst of times, including World War I and World War II,” said Rep. Kaptur. “This resolution recognizes that by renewing the Victory Gardens initiative today, American families would benefit greatly as our nation battles the coronavirus outbreak. While we continue to combat the devastating effects of COVID-19, I urge citizens across our great nation to raise their spades and seeds and join me in planting Victory Gardens. I urge my colleagues to support this important bipartisan resolution and thank Representative Jeff Fortenberry for his partnership in introducing this resolution.”
The text of the resolution is available here.