More than 50 years have passed since the United States convened the White House conference that helped elevate hunger as a national priority and sparked major improvements and expansions to the federal nutrition programs—food stamps (now SNAP), school meals, and WIC—paving the way to significant reductions in food insecurity for millions of individuals and families. But we still have a long way to go.
Now is the time to demonstrate with policy change and other actions that ending hunger in America remains a national priority. We stand ready to work with the administration, Congress, and a wide array of diverse stakeholders to eradicate hunger and food insecurity in this country.
We support a comprehensive approach that will include various federal, state, local, and Tribal policymakers, anti-hunger, health and private sectors, and people with lived expertise of hunger. It is essential that the conference live up to its Congressional mandate to examine the root causes of hunger and undernutrition, how they impact health and the prevalence of chronic disease, and how they can be addressed.