White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health

Date posted: Friday 29 July 2022

Advocates working to end hunger were excited to learn that the Biden-Harris Administration will host a White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health in September. This is the first such conference related to hunger in over 50 years; the last was in 1969. The hope is that progress will be accelerated to end hunger, improve nutrition and physical activity, reduce diet-related disease and close disparities around these issues.


The Administration has set a goal of ending hunger and increasing healthy eating and physical activity in the U.S. by 2030 so that there will be fewer of us Americans living with diet-related diseases, such as diabetes, obesity, and hypertension. Hearing from advocates, food companies, the health care community, local/state/tribal governments, people with lived experience and all of us in America will help launch a plan to achieve that ambitious goal.


The COVID-19 pandemic only served to make these hunger and health-related issues not only more visible but also more urgent. The impact on millions of Americans is obvious; a better future can be ahead if all segments of our country work together.


Be watching for updates in newspapers, the media and from organizations such as Bread for the World. Listening Sessions are already happening; Bread for the World held one for advocates from all regions in the U.S. with information forwarded to meetings with the Administration. And pray for the conference, the leaders, and success in the effort—2030 is not far away.


Vernita Kennen

Incarnation, Shoreview

White House Conference Pillars

  1. Improve food access and affordability: End hunger by making it easier for everyone — including urban, suburban, rural, and Tribal communities — to access and afford food. For example, expand eligibility for and increase participation in food assistance programs and improve transportation to places where food is available.
  2. Integrate nutrition and health: Prioritize the role of nutrition and food security in overall health, including disease prevention and management, and ensure that our health care system addresses the nutrition needs of all people.
  3. Empower all consumers to make and have access to healthy choices: Foster environments that enable all people to easily make informed healthy choices, increase access to healthy food, encourage healthy workplace and school policies, and invest in public messaging and education campaigns that are culturally appropriate and resonate with specific communities.
  4. Support physical activity for all: Make it easier for people to be more physically active (in part by ensuring that everyone has access to safe places to be active), increase awareness of the benefits of physical activity, and conduct research on and measure physical activity.
  5. Enhance nutrition and food security research: Improve nutrition metrics, data collection, and research to inform nutrition and food security policy, particularly on issues of equity, access, and disparities.


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