Assemblyman Lavine Chairs Affordable Food Summit

July 11, 2008
Glen Cove – Assemblyman Charles D. Lavine moderated an Affordable Food Summit at Stop & Shop in Woodbury on Tuesday, July 8.

Approximately 50 shoppers were seated to listen to a panel of experts discuss the soaring cost of food.

Energy is the main reason for the 6/10 of a percent drastic increase in food costs, explained Dr. Thomas Conoscenti, an economist. He also said that the average American family of four now spends a monthly average of $709 on food.

Randi Dresner, Executive Director of Island Harvest, a major provider of food to the needy, spoke about the detrimental affect the economy is having on those of us living on Long Island.

Louise Spangle RD, MS-MPH, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County offered suggestions on how to keep our grocery costs to a minimum. She advises to make a shopping list and stick to it. Look for weekly specials. Only use coupons for products you typically purchase and organize your list according to your store’s layout.

Faith Weiner of Stop & Shop noted that the store is doing everything it can to address the problem by offering summer savings and keeping prices as low as possible even though world food costs are rising.

Assemblyman Lavine said, “The valuable information presented by the panel will be useful to Long Islanders who are really burdened by the drastic increase in the price of gasoline and food. While this is certainly not a pleasant subject to discuss, the looming crisis will worsen dramatically should we fail to confront it. The Stop & Shop organization deserves commendation for providing the forum for this important discussion.”