Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

U.S. Capitol Gets a Taste of Immokalee Tomatoes

Jan 7, 2010
Press Release

For Immediate Release

WASHINGTON, DC-Recently, Restaurant Associates, the food service provider for the U.S. House of Representatives, announced that all tomatoes sold in the House dining facilities during the winter months will come directly from Immokalee.  Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), who represents the area, praised Immokalee agricultural workers for their hard work.

“I am honored that the hard work of my constituents is having a positive impact on the lives of so many of us working in and visiting our nation’s capitol every day.  The agricultural workers from Immokalee work hard each day to provide high quality fruits and vegetables for all Americans.  Their work is critical to Florida’s agriculture industry and I am pleased it is being recognized in the Capitol,” said Diaz-Balart.  

Immokalee, part of Florida’s 25th Congressional District, provides 95% of all U.S. grown tomatoes consumed by Americans from October to June each year.  The agreement to bring Immokalee tomatoes to the U.S. Capitol will also pay an additional cent per pound directly to the workers.