Ending Hunger, Improving Nutrition and Physical Activity, and Reducing Diet-Related Diseases and Disparities

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On Wednesday, September 28, the Biden-Harris Administration hosted the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health. The Administration has released a National Strategy with actions the federal government will take to drive solutions to these challenges.

The Biden-Harris Administration has also released a fact sheet detailing more than $8 billion in new commitments as part of this Conference's call to action. Read the fact sheet to learn more.

Our goal: 

Millions of Americans are afflicted with food insecurity and diet-related diseases — including heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes — which are some of the leading causes of death and disability in the U.S. The toll of hunger and these diseases is not distributed equally, disproportionately impacting underserved communities, including communities of color, people living in rural areas, people with disabilities, older adults, LGBTQI+ people, military families, and military veterans.

Lack of access to healthy, safe, and affordable food, and to safe outdoor spaces, contributes to hunger, diet-related diseases, and health disparities. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these challenges further.

We cannot wait to act. And we aren’t.

Background

It’s been more than 50 years since the first and only White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, and Health was held in 1969. That pivotal event helped galvanize actions that included the creation of life changing programs like school lunches, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and changes to how we label foods. 

The 2022 White House Conference will catalyze the public and private sectors around a coordinated strategy to accelerate progress and drive transformative change in the U.S. to end hunger, improve nutrition and physical activity, and close the disparities surrounding them. 

Members of Congress from across the political spectrum have called for convening a White House Conference, including U.S. Representatives James P. McGovern and the late Jackie Walorski and U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Mike Braun. Now, we want to hear from you.

HHS Report on Current Federal Programming and Coordination Efforts Related to Food and Nutrition Insecurity and Diet-related Diseases 

In support of the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, HHS worked with other Federal agencies to develop a report that identified current programming that impacts food and nutrition insecurity and diet related diseases. The report identifies specific statutory, regulatory, and budgetary solutions to ending hunger and improving nutrition and health in the United States and the Territories.

Read the report here to learn more [PDF – 726.2 KB].

Conference Details

The Biden-Harris Administration hosted a White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health on September 28, 2022 in Washington, DC.

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