Leading Up to the 2022 Conference

A Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity

On May 4th, 2022, the Biden-Harris administration announced that it would hold a historic White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health in September of the same year. The conference was to be only the second of its kind—the first conference was held in 1969 and organized by Dr. Jean Mayer, the founder of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, under the leadership of President Nixon and Sens. George McGovern and Bob Dole. 

Fifty-three years later, this second Conference came at a crucial time: we have faced new challenges in our food system — including food and nutrition insecurity, hunger, high rates of diet-related chronic diseases, and related nutrition and health inequities — together egregiously harming Americans and costing the country hundreds of billions of dollars in preventable health care spending every year. The mission for the 2022 Conference was clear: re‐imagining our nation’s food system to end hunger, improve nutrition, and reduce diet-related chronic diseases. 

President Biden Announces White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health

Pre-Conference Events Led by the Task Force

Our coalition, led by our Task Force, convened ahead of the Conference in an effort to maximize the actionable nature of its events. As part of this effort, our coalition led three policy convenings and over a dozen listening sessions around the country. These events acted to uplift and empower Americans to engage in robust discussion of pertinent issues and solutions to achieve the White House Conference goal of developing a roadmap to improve nutrition, end hunger, and reduce diet-related chronic diseases in the United States by 2030.

Integration of Existing Food Policy Reports

In the lead-up to the 2022 White House Conference, the Task Force accepted submissions of published works related to U.S. hunger, food insecurity, nutrition, and/or diet-related chronic diseases to help inform its final Task Force Report of policy recommendations which was submitted to the White House. Reports which had been made available to our Task Force are linked below.

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