today is Task Force on Hunger, Nutrition and Health (Task Force) – An independent group of national leaders and experts invited by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Food Systems for the Future, Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and World Central Kitchen – Released to Public his comprehensive report To inform the next White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health The first conference of its kind held since 1969.
The task force report represents the most far-reaching, consensus-based recommendations from diverse perspectives on US food and nutrition policy since the original report of the 1969 White House Conference. In addition to the task force itself – which includes leaders from academia, civil society, government and the private sector The report benefited from a review of more than 75 existing policy reports; strategy group for nearly twenty national organizations that provided a broader reflection of views and issues across America; Discussions in three on a personal level policy meetings Held in different parts of the country which brought together more than 240 multi-sector leaders and stakeholders; and more than 15 Hearings It is planned with communities across the country to focus knowledge and perspectives of individuals with diverse living experiences on hunger, malnutrition and diet-related diseases.
The report has been shared with the White House and is now being released to the public. It contains 30 high-priority policy recommendations, backed by more than 200 specific actions for federal agencies, Congress, and other stakeholders, to end hunger, enhance nutrition, and reduce diet-related conditions in the United States. The report also includes 12 recommended actions and commitments for the private sector to support these goals.
Promoting the bold, high-impact agenda outlined in the report requires political will and bipartisan solutions from the White House, Congress, specific federal agencies, state and local governments, NGOs, and the private sector. Team members come together in a firm belief in the paramount importance of taking decisive action to achieve transformative change to end food insecurity and hunger, improve nutrition, and reduce diet-related diseases.
The task force believes that these efforts—while not formally requested or approved by the White House—can help advance the best ideas across the United States to catalyze historical and transformative solutions to some of the nation’s biggest food challenges.
sStatement by Task Force Co-Chair Jose Andres, Founder and Head of Nutrition, World Central Kitchen; Founder of ThinkFoodGroup
“This report is one of many necessary efforts to build longer tables and fight hunger in America and the world. By listening to people, policy experts, and advocates, this report provides a roadmap to enact bold changes to increase access to healthy, nutritious food for all Americans, while ensuring that these are protected The changes are for the dignity of all people. This is only the beginning, there is still much work to be done.”
statement from war unit Co-Chair, Ambassador Ertharin Cousin, Founder and CEO, Food Systems for the Future; Former Executive Director of the World Food Program
The policy ideas and recommendations contained in this report are a critical first step toward achieving a healthier, hunger-free America. Many diverse viewpoints were part of the process – most importantly, people suffering from hunger and diet-related diseases. At the same time, this report is just the beginning. Providing more healthy, affordable and on-demand food will require commitments from players across the food system – from farmers to processors and each of us as eaters. And of course we must also address the fundamental issue of poverty. I look forward to working with government, the private sector, and everyone involved at the grassroots level to help deliver and scale up the solutions we’ve shared. I have no doubt that we can collectively design a future in which no American will ever go hungry or needlessly suffer from diet-related diseases.”
Statement from the task force Associate Secretary Dan Glickman, Distinguished Fellow at the Center for Global Food and Agriculture, Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Senior Fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center; Former US Secretary of Agriculture
“This report builds on the remarkable work done at the 1969 White House Conference that led to transformative changes in our nutrition programs. It contains many actionable recommendations for improving operations and access to programs to feed hungry Americans, and in the process placing greater emphasis on the relationship between health and nutrition in American society in general”.
Statement from the task force co-chair Senator Bill Frist, former Majority Leader in the United States Senate; Vice President of the Global Council, The Nature Conservancy; Senior Fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center; Assistant Professor of Surgery, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Department of Cardiac Surgery
This report provides comprehensive bipartisan recommendations to address the current hunger, nutrition and health crises in our country. The key insights it provides, gleaned from those with live experiences, stakeholders, and policy experts alike, will help inform the White House on how to improve nutrition and health in our country. Improving food and nutrition security will ensure that every American has a fair and equitable opportunity to enjoy good health.”
Statement by Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, Co-Chair of the Task Force, Dean of Policy and Professor of Nutrition Jan Mayer, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University; Professor of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine and Department of Cardiology, Tufts Medical Center
“In 1969, Dr. Jan Mayer – founder of the Friedman School – was hired by President Richard Nixon to bring together diverse stakeholders from across the country and prepare a consensus report of recommendations to tackle hunger. This report was transformative, setting out many of the most effective food and nutrition policies in the world. The country Now, 53 years later, we face renewed and different sets of challenges We have targeted our independent task force to build on the spirit and success of Dr. Jan Mayer’s 1969 efforts to identify and advance the best ideas across the country to end hunger, improve nutrition, and promote health and health equity …the actions and strategies we have outlined are logical and actionable, and will make a transformational change for Americans. We look forward to the support of the administration, agencies, Congress, and all other stakeholders to move forward on this critical work in the months and years ahead.”
On August 31, the task force co-chairs will host a public webinar on the report and its important recommendations – Register here.
Reports The 30 recommendations span six policy areas: federal nutrition programs, public health and nutrition education, health care, research and science, business and innovation, and federal coordination. Each recommendation addresses at least two of the pillars the White House has chosen to define the scope of the conference—with many of them addressing three or four. These pillars include: improving food access and affordability, integrating nutrition and health, enabling all consumers to make and accessing healthy choices, and promoting nutrition and food security research. The task force’s efforts are supported by the Bia Echo Foundation, the HAND Foundation, and Kitchen World Central. With additional support for meetings and hearings from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Yoon Family Foundation.
The task force co-chairs thank the Biden-Harris administration for its leadership of this historic conference and for highlighting the need to end systemic hunger, nutrition, and health inequality. He also thanks co-chairs Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA), Jackie Wallorsky (R-Ind), Senator Cory Booker (DN.J.), and Mike Brown (R-India) for highlighting these issues in their work and their tireless advocacy for this conference.
Tragically, MP Walorski and two of her employees Died in a car accident On August 3rd. She was an incredible advocate in the fight for food security and health equality. The co-chairs of the task force They extend their deepest condolences To her family, friends, employees and the people of Indiana.
About the First White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, and Health: The 1969 conference brought the nation together to tackle widespread hunger in America was chaired and organized by Dr. Jan Mayer—leading nutrition scientist, 10th President of Tufts University, and the USDA Jane Mayer Center for Human Nutrition Research on Aging. (HNRCA) in Tufts. The conference established much of the current U.S. food policy framework, including the significant expansion and coordination of the National School Lunch and Food Stamp Program (now SNAP), the creation of the School Breakfast Program and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and new consumer protections Like nutrition labels. Combined, these policies have significantly reduced calorie hunger and vitamin deficiencies in the United States
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