SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- New Jersey State Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin will join Mayor Al Smith and the Town Council at the Tuesday, Jan. 15 meeting at 7:00 p.m. to discuss food insecurity and healthy eating initiatives.  

Speaker Coughlin has made fighting hunger and promoting healthy eating in New Jersey a priority, and he recently led the effort to pass 13 bills in the State Assembly to improve people’s access to healthy food and reduce food waste. The bills all passed on a bipartisan basis.

The bills now await passage in the State Senate before they can be signed into law. Speaker Coughlin will be visiting Scotch Plains to promote these legislative initiatives and gain public awareness. 

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Since taking office, Mayor Al Smith has made healthy eating, nutrition programs, and supporting food banks, and other organizations that distribute food to needy communities a major component of his Mayor’s Wellness Campaign. Mayor Smith and the Town Council are supporting Speaker Coughlin’s initiatives, which will bolster our local efforts.  

This will be the first time in the history of Scotch Plains that a sitting Speaker of the New Jersey State Assembly will be speaking at a Town Council meeting. The public is urged to attend this meeting. 

In conjunction with the meeting, the Township has launched a food drive to collect nonperishable food items and canned goods to be distributed to local food banks. The food items can be dropped off at the Mayor’s office and will be collected until the meeting on Jan. 15.

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