On May 4, President Biden announced a White House Conference on Hunger, Health and Nutrition (Conference) scheduled for September 2022 in Washington, D.C. The first of its kind since 1969, the Conference has bipartisan support from Congress and will focus on strategies to end hunger, improve nutrition and physical activity, and reduce diet-related disease in the United States by 2030. Counties applaud the White House for hosting the Conference as an opportunity to inform and implement policy changes aimed at ending hunger among our residents.
The Conference will convene anti-hunger and nutrition advocates, food companies, the health care community, state and local governments and people with lived experiences. Prior to the in-person conference, there will be a series of virtual, regional listening sessions, as well as a submission portal for members of the public to submit ideas. Following these discussions, the White House will launch a national plan to end hunger and increase healthy eating and physical activity by 2030.
As the front-line of the social safety net, county governments offer an essential perspective on hunger, nutrition, food and health. We often play an instrumental role in developing, administering and supporting food and nutrition programs at the local level. NACo will continue to monitor progress on the Conference and work with our federal partners to ensure county governments have a voice in this vital discussion.
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- NACo Press Release: Counties Welcome White House Focus on Hunger, Nutrition
- NACo Workshop: Strengthening Anti-Hunger Resources through the 2023 Farm Bill
- NACo Blog: USDA announces strategic framework to enhance nutrition security nationwide
- NACo Blog: USDA announces $5 million in competitive grants for SNAP modernization
- NACo Report: The County Human Services and Education Landscape
- NACo Legislative Toolkit for Counties: Priorities for Strengthening the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)