In 1969, the White House hosted its first and only conference on Food, Nutrition, and Health. The event influenced federal food policy for the next 50 years. Recently, the Biden-Harris Administration announced that in September 2022, it will host a second White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health to drive solutions to food and hunger related challenges that many citizens are facing. The Administration hopes the 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.”
From June 27 – July 1, the ANA hosted a series of listening sessions related to the five pillars the White House articulated that will define the scope of the September 2022 conference:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
The ANA offered a survey option for those who were unable to attend the listening sessions. After the sessions concluded and the survey closed, the ANA reviewed all session notes and surveys and compiled all of the input/feedback that was received into one document, which was submitted to the White House on July 15, 2022.
We are awaiting details regarding the September 2022 event in DC, which we have been told will include live and virtual options. When details are available, we will update this page. Stay tuned!