White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health

9/28/2022 Update: Today the Biden-Harris Administration will host the historic White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health — tune in live at YouTube.com/WhiteHouse starting at 9:30AM ET and join the dialogue by sharing your thoughts on Twitter by using the hashtag #WHConfHungerHealth. We are encouraging people to tune into the Conference together to start a dialogue to kick start change in your community.

 

9/27/2022 Update: The White House released its National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health in preparation for tomorrow's White House Conference.

9/12/2022 Update: The in-person event will be held Sept. 28 and is by invitation only. The conference will be livestreamed on this website and it is our understanding that individuals will be able to register to attend the conference virtually. Please check the White House Conference page from time to time for updates. The American Nutrition Association will be attending the conference in Washington DC.  For any questions or media requests, please contact us.

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:

  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.


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.

View ANA's Submisson