Part of the ongoing Politicians Making a Food Difference series
The Hunter College New York City Food Policy Center is excited to recognize the politicians who are working for smart, fair food policy around the country. This week we honor the work of Representative Jason Dunnington.
Name: Jason Dunnington [D-OK]
Political title: State House of Representatives, Oklahoma District 88
Hometown: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Educational Bio: Southern Nazarene, Nazarene Theological Seminary, University of Oklahoma
What he cares about: Education, diversity, healthcare, protection of the arts, women’s issues
What he’s done: Introduced a newly signed bill that would allow Oklahoma schools to donate food to nonprofits, which would then store and redistribute the food for the school children to take home, reducing food waste and helping food-insecure families.
Recent food-related policies he’s supported: Introduced failed water rights bill, providing for an excessive water usage surcharge. Filed a lawsuit with Oklahoma advocacy group, Save The Illinois River Inc., against the state, alleging Oklahoma’s “Right to Farm Bill” would give industrialized factory farms the right to expand and pollute Oklahoma waters.
State House of Representatives website: https://www.okhouse.gov/Members/District.aspx?District=88