On Wednesday, September 28, the Biden-Harris Administration will host the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health. The Administration will also release a National Strategy with actions to drive solutions to these challenges.
The goal: “End hunger and increase healthy eating and physical activity by 2030, so that fewer Americans experience diet-related diseases like diabetes, obesity, and hypertension.”
Click here to sign up for a link to watch the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health live online. The event begins at 9:00am ET on Wednesday, Sept. 28.
NEW: National Strategy Briefing Released
Ahead of the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, the Biden-Harris Administration today released its National Strategy with actions the federal government will take to drive solutions to end hunger, improve nutrition and physical activity, and decrease diet-related chronic diseases disparities.
For our partners in the child hunger and child health communities, the many highlights include:
- Overall goal: Ending hunger and increasing healthy eating and physical activity by 2030 so fewer Americans experience diet-related diseases— while reducing related health disparities.
- “Ending hunger will be measured by a reduction in the number of households with insufficient food (defined as very low food security) to less than 1% of households and cut the number of households struggling to put enough nutritious food on the table (defined as food insecurity) in half.”
- Advance a pathway to free healthy school meals for all.
- “The Biden-Harris Administration will take a major first step by working with Congress to expand access to healthy, free school meals for 9 million more children by 2032.”
- Expand Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) to more children.
- Expand SNAP eligibility and make it easier to access SNAP and other federal programs.
- Call-to-action: State and school districts should increase investment in school food programs such as providing investments to support kitchen infrastructure and training school nutrition professionals.
NEW: No Kid Hungry Leaders and Other Guest Speakers
President Biden will be joined by other guest speakers to unveil a new strategy to end hunger by 2030. Tomorrow’s conference will include small working groups of individuals with lived experience, local and national anti-hunger organizations, businesses and civic leaders – including Share Our Strength’s Founder Billy Shore and CEO Anne Filipic – to launch a whole of society approach to ending hunger. Share Our Strength is the national non-profit that is home to the No Kid Hungry campaign and a partner to the Carolina Hunger Initiative.
Other announced featured speakers:
- Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff
- Ambassador Susan E. Rice, White House Domestic Policy Advisor
- Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack
- Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra
- Chef José Andrés
STAY TUNED: Follow-Up Discussion about Child Hunger and Nutrition in NC with the Carolina Hunger Initiative
Stay tuned for details about a follow-up discussion on a later date about what we learn during the conference, convened by Carolina Hunger Initiative and focused on the impacts to child nutrition.