In 1969, the White House hosted its first and only conference on Food, Nutrition, and Health. The event influenced federal food policy for the next 50 years. Recently, the Biden-Harris Administration announced it will host a second White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health to drive solutions to food and hunger related challenges that many citizens are facing. The Administration hopes the conference will “catalyze the public and private sectors around a coordinated strategy to accelerate progress and drive transformative change in the U.S. to end hunger, improve nutrition and physical activity, and close the disparities surrounding them.”
The planning process is well underway, with the White House hosting listening sessions throughout the country in June 2022. The White House encourages stakeholder organizations to host their own gatherings, compile feedback, and submit it to the White House for consideration by July 15, 2022.
The ANA is actively engaged in the conference planning process and will be represented at the “live” event in DC in September 2022. We are excited to invite the ANA community to participate in the planning process! From June 27 – July 1 from noon – 1pm ET each day, the ANA will host a series of listening sessions related to the five pillars the White House has articulated that will define the scope of the conference:
ANA White House Listening Session, Pillar 1: Improve food access and affordability
Date: Monday, June 27, 2022 Noon-1pm EDT
Description: 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.
ANA White House Listening Session, Pillar 2: Integrate nutrition and health
Date: Tuesday, June 28, 2022 Noon-1pm EDT
Description: 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.
ANA White House Listening Session, Pillar 3: Empower all consumers to make and have access to healthy choices
Date: Wednesday, June 29, 2022 Noon-1pm EDT
Description: 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.
ANA White House Listening Session, Pillar 4: Support physical activity for all
Date: Thursday, June 30, 2022 Noon-1pm EDT
Description: 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.
ANA White House Listening Session, Pillar 5: Enhance nutrition and food security research
Date: Friday, July 1, 2022 Noon-1pm EDT
Description: Improve nutrition metrics, data collection, and research to inform nutrition and food security policy, particularly on issues of equity, access, and disparities.
Registration for each event closes the day before the event – so register early! The purpose of these sessions is to gather information to submit to the White House on the pillars above, and CNSs and other members of the ANA community are welcome to register for one session, or for all!
Unable to attend? No problem, you can still participate in this process. Click HERE to complete a survey related to the five pillars. The deadline for completion of the survey is July 1, 2022. Responses will be reviewed and compiled as part of ANA’s submission to the White House.