Alliance to End Hunger Praises White House Announcement of Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health

May 4, 2022

WASHINGTON (March 4, 2022) The Alliance to End Hunger applauds President Biden’s announcement of a White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health. The Conference, announced this morning, will convene in September 2022 with the goals of ending hunger, improving nutrition, increasing physical activity, reducing diet-related diseases and closing disparities around these issues.

“The past two years have shone a light on the gaps and vulnerabilities of food security and nutrition programs in this country,” stated Eric Mitchell, Executive Director of the Alliance to End Hunger. “However, this announcement provides reassurance that hunger and malnutrition are not only priorities for this administration, but also underscore our nation’s commitment to investing in our society’s health and wellbeing.”

The announcement of the conference does not come without precedent. Over 50 years ago, the first and only White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, and Health resulted an expansion of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the National School Lunch Program, as well as the establishment of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). The Conference created the meaningful and necessary conversations to address hunger and food insecurity in America at the time.

More than 38 million Americans, including 11.7 million children live in households that struggle to put food on the table. Food insecurity negatively impacts health, educational access, workforce readiness and business productivity. In addition, the COVID pandemic has affected food security in all corners of America, while also widening the disparities in food insecurity among individuals who are Black, Indigenous, Latino and other people of color.

The Conference has been a key priority for the Alliance to End Hunger, and the organization will continue to convene cross-sector partners to participate in the listening sessions leading up to the Conference.  “This Conference provides a unique opportunity to inspire innovative and collaborative action to fight hunger and malnutrition in America,” said Mitchell. “The Alliance looks forward to discussing ideas and recommendations with the White House that promote greater equity, improve access to nutritious food, and ultimately ensure that every American is able to have food on the table every day.”