Last month, the Biden/Harris administration hosted the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, the first of it’s kind in 50 years. The 1969 conference was a transformative event, leading to sweeping changes in America’s food policy and leading to huge hunger and malnutrition reductions across the country. We now have the opportunity to lead change and address hunger and food insecurity in our generation.
The new National Strategy documents that were released reflect many of Hunger Free New Jersey’s policy priorities and the lessons we learned as a nation from the pandemic. Expanding access to SNAP, providing pathways to Healthy School Meals for All, and a new commitment to expanding the summer EBT program, as well as an effort to permanently expand the fully refundable Child Tax Credit are all steps in the right direction.
This conference does not represent a finish line, but is the starting line as we work together to end hunger in America by 2030. As President Biden said, this bold goal won’t be reached with just a “whole-of-government” approach, but it will take a “whole-of-society” approach to achieve. Hunger Free New Jersey is committed to this goal of a systemic, long-term change to meaningfully move the dial and end hunger.
For more information, check out the Conference site here.