DC soda tax draws mixed responses during hearing
A proposal to enact a soda tax in Washington, D.C. to raise money for initiatives to improve health drew both support and opposition during a hearing Wednesday, according to a Washington Informer report.
Supporters of the Nutrition Equity Amendment Act of 2021 include the American Heart Association while opponents include the American Beverage Association, The Alliance for an Affordable DC, Feed the Truth and others who claim the tax could hurt small businesses and raise prices for low-income residents.
Kip Banks, pastor of the East Washington Heights Baptist Church, stated in a letter signed by 90 clergy members that the bill will make it harder for poor families by adding to their grocery bills.
The bill would require the content of meals served at shelters to comply with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and establish grants to support nutrition education, cooking lessons and gardens at family shelters.