On Wednesday, September 28, for the first time in more than 50 years, the White House will convene a Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health where a national blueprint to end hunger by 2030 will be released. Here’s what you need to know about this historic conference:
What is the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health?
This conference is part of the Biden-Harris Administration's commitment to ending hunger, reducing diet-related diseases and increasing healthy eating and physical activity. Here, the White House will announce its national strategy to achieve this by 2030. In the lead up to this event, the White House has collected feedback from organizations, community leaders and individuals with lived experience to help inform their roadmap, which will call upon the federal government and the public and private sectors to drive progress and change across the nation.
This conference is an important opportunity to set a new national agenda to end hunger. The last time a summit like this was convened, it resulted in landmark legislation and led to the creation of programs like free school lunches and supplemental food assistance for women and children. These are initiatives that have become cornerstones in the fight against poverty and hunger. With new Census Bureau figures showing how emergency aid programs during the pandemic cut child poverty last year, now is the time to double down on the solutions we know work and to invest in updating and modernizing our nation’s food programs.
Share Our Strength and its No Kid Hungry campaign are committing to taking action as part of our contribution to the nationwide goal of ending hunger by 2030. Look for that announcement on Wednesday and tune in here to watch the conference live.
Earlier this year, Share Our Strength submitted policy recommendations to the White House to help inform its national strategy. We look forward to working with the White House and Congress in the months and years ahead to make the goal of ending hunger by 2030 a reality. With key legislation like the Farm Bill and Child Nutrition Reauthorization on the table in the new year, we have an immediate opportunity to ensure that every child and family have access to the food they need to thrive.