Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Jim McGovern ( Office of Rep. Jim McGovern )

Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Jim McGovern will give the keynote address at the Sept. 17 opening general session breakfast at the United Fresh Washington Conference.

McGovern was first elected to Congress in 1996 and now chairman of the House Rules Committee.

“As we gather our industry in D.C. to share our critical message on the importance of ensuring families and children have access to the fresh produce we supply, I can think of no more fitting advocate to keynote our kick-off breakfast,” United Fresh’s senior vice president of public policy Robert Guenther, said in a news release.  “Congressman McGovern is a fearless leader, fighting at every turn for strong school meal programs and access to nutritious foods for everyone.” 

The release said McGovern founded the Food as Medicine Working Group in 2018 within the Congressional Hunger Caucus, and is a senior member of the House Committee on Agriculture’s Subcommittee on Nutrition and Oversight. McGovern also is a member of the Specialty Crops Caucus.

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