Doug Emhoff toured an urban farm Thursday in his first outing as second gentleman, saying everyone should care about food insecurity and revealing he tells all about his trips to Vice President Kamala Harris.
Emhoff is mulling tackling food insecurity as his primary issue as second gentleman. It’s tradition for a vice president’s spouse to have a signature issue.
‘It’s got to be an issue for everybody. So, I want to do what I can to amplify it. I think it’s something everyone needs to be concerned about,’ he said after his visit to The Farm at Kelly Miller Middle School.
He also revealed he tells Harris, his wife of six years, all about this trips.
‘I always do. Every time I do something, every time I learned something, it’s like notes from the field. We’ll talk about it tonight,’ he said.
Emhoff, who will be known by the clumsy acronym SGOTUS – for Second Gentleman of the United States – highlighted an urban farm in one of the poorer neighborhoods in Washington D.C.
Doug Emhoff toured an urban farm in his first outing as second gentleman – speaking with Christopher Bradshaw, executive director of Dreaming out Loud, a nonprofit organization focused on food security, during a visit to the Farm at Kelly Miller middle school
Doug Emhoff mulling taking on food insecurity as his issue – it’s tradition for a vice president’s spouse to have a signature issue
The second gentleman toured the two-acre urban farm to learn about food insecurity
Volunteers at the urban farm show Doug Emhoff the different type of food grown there
Nearly one in four Americans experienced food insecurity in the past year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, with the coronavirus pandemic being a major contributor to the problem.
Emhoff, who is the first man to hold the position of spouse to the vice president, is considering an issue that will tie in well with the administration’s priorities.
On Jan. 22, President Joe Biden signed an executive order aimed at expanding food assistance programs and increase the amount of aid people are eligible for.
The order directed the Department of Agriculture to help families with schoolchildren buy groceries by increasing the weekly value of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, commonly known as food stamps, for about 12 million families.
It could provide a family with three children more than $100 of additional support every two months, the White House estimated.
‘USDA will consider issuing new guidance that would allow states to increase SNAP emergency allotments for those who need it most. This would be the first step to ensuring that an additional 12 million people get enhanced SNAP benefits to keep nutritious food on the table,’ a fact sheet distributed by the administration said.
Emhoff, 56, toured the two-acre urban garden with Chris Bradshaw, the founder of Dreaming Out Loud, which organizes the garden along with community farmers markets where residents can purchase produce from local farmers using SNAP benefits.
A prominent lawyer in California, Emhoff gave up his job as a partner at the law firm DLA Piper to serve as second gentleman. He’s also teaching a class this semester at Georgetown Law.
He taught his first class on Thursday ahead of his outing.
After his tour, Doug Emhoff reveals he tells all about his trips to Vice President Kamala Harris
Emhoff with Harris, his wife of six years, at a celebration honoring her and Joe Biden’s inauguration
‘Every time I do something, every time I learned something, it’s like notes from the field. We’ll talk about it tonight,’ Doug Emhoff said of what he tells Kamala Harris about his trips
The second gentleman learned about the vegetables grown in the garden, toured the greenhouse and saw an area where compost is made during his 30 minute visit on a cold, windy day.
‘Learn something new every day,’ Emhoff said of the compost.
‘Want to turn some compost,’ one of the volunteers asked.
Emhoff laughed and asked what he would have to do.
He did not turn any compost but did hear how they use pitchforks to turn the material in the large boxes.