The first White House Conference in over fitfy years to focus on eliminating hunger in America.
On September 28, 2022 the White House convened for the first time in over fifty years to focus on eliminating hunger and increasing healthy eating and physical activity in America by 2030. In order to do so, the Administration has outlined five pillers that will guide transformative change and help build healthy and thriving communities.
The five pillers include:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Virginia food banks have been dedicated more than ever to providing our neigbors in need with the opportunity to fullfil their health potential by investing in nutritious and culturally relevant options at our food pantry network and by increasing partnerships with healthcare organizations. We hope with the help of the Adminstration, we can not only feed the line, but shorten it as well. To see how we are working on creating nutrition security, check out our Boundless Collaboration page!
To find out more information about the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health, go to the Government website on Health.