Today today, President Biden will announce that this will be the first time nearly 50 years that it is the first time in more than 50 years that the White House will host a Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health in September. The Conference as well as the work that is preparatory for it will speed up the pace of progress and bring about significant changes to reduce hunger, increase fitness and nutrition as well as reduce the incidence of diet-related diseases and reduce the gaps around these issues.

The Biden-Harris Administration is aiming to achieve the goal of reducing hunger and promoting healthy physical and eating habits in the U.S. by 2030 so that less Americans suffer from diet-related illnesses like obesity, diabetes and hypertension. The Conference will inspire action from people who are concerned about nutrition and hunger as well as food and beverage companies, health professionals as well as local as well as state, territorial, and tribal governments; individuals with lived experiences, and everyone else Americans and will create a national strategy that outlines the ways to accomplish this objective.

“Hunger and other diet-related illnesses and the varying degrees of their impact have a direct impact on millions of Americans and the COVID-19 epidemic put an emphasis on the necessity of solving these problems. There should be no reason for anyone to worry about what their next meal will be coming from. It is imperative to take action today, with government, the public sector, nonprofits and local communities working together to create an improved future for each American.” The author is Secretary Susan E. Rice, Domestic Policy Advisor

The very first White House Conference on Food, Nutrition and Health in 1969 was a significant event that had a profound impact on the nation’s food policy for the coming 50 years. The President is determined to replicate the same effect in this years Conference.

Prior to the Conference The Biden-Harris Administration will hold listening sessions to ensure that we can hear from all part of the country. Anyone who has an idea will soon be able tell their stories to guide the national strategy. For more information, visit WhiteHouse.gov/HungerHealthConference.

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