UPDATE: New Details on the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health

On Wednesday, September 28, the Biden-Harris Administration will host the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health. The Administration will also release a National Strategy with actions to drive solutions to these challenges.

The goal: “End hunger and increase healthy eating and physical activity by 2030, so that fewer Americans experience diet-related diseases like diabetes, obesity, and hypertension.”

Click here to sign up for a link to watch the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health live online. The event begins at 9:00am ET on Wednesday, Sept. 28.

Click here to see the agenda.

NEW: National Strategy Briefing Released

Ahead of the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, the Biden-Harris Administration today released its National Strategy with actions the federal government will take to drive solutions to end hunger, improve nutrition and physical activity, and decrease diet-related chronic diseases disparities.

For our partners in the child hunger and child health communities, the many highlights include:

  • Overall goal: Ending hunger and increasing healthy eating and physical activity by 2030 so fewer Americans experience diet-related diseases— while reducing related health disparities.
    • “Ending hunger will be measured by a reduction in the number of households with insufficient food (defined as very low food security) to less than 1% of households and cut the number of households struggling to put enough nutritious food on the table (defined as food insecurity) in half.”
  • Advance a pathway to free healthy school meals for all.
    • “The Biden-Harris Administration will take a major first step by working with Congress to expand access to healthy, free school meals for 9 million more children by 2032.”
  • Expand Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) to more children.
  • Expand SNAP eligibility and make it easier to access SNAP and other federal programs.
  • Call-to-action: State and school districts should increase investment in school food programs such as providing investments to support kitchen infrastructure and training school nutrition professionals.

Click here to see the full strategy briefing.

NEW: No Kid Hungry Leaders and Other Guest Speakers

President Biden will be joined by other guest speakers to unveil a new strategy to end hunger by 2030. Tomorrow’s conference will include small working groups of individuals with lived experience, local and national anti-hunger organizations, businesses and civic leaders – including Share Our Strength’s Founder Billy Shore and CEO Anne Filipic – to launch a whole of society approach to ending hunger. Share Our Strength is the national non-profit that is home to the No Kid Hungry campaign and a partner to the Carolina Hunger Initiative.

Other announced featured speakers:

  • Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff
  • Ambassador Susan E. Rice, White House Domestic Policy Advisor
  • Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack
  • Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra
  • Chef José Andrés

STAY TUNED: Follow-Up Discussion about Child Hunger and Nutrition in NC with the Carolina Hunger Initiative

Stay tuned for details about a follow-up discussion on a later date about what we learn during the conference, convened by Carolina Hunger Initiative and focused on the impacts to child nutrition.