Statement Attributed to Vince Hall, Chief Government Relations Officer
“Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, is excited to learn that the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 28. We applaud the Biden-Harris administration for its work to convene the conference and for committing to the goal of ending hunger in the U.S. by 2030.
“This conference—the first of its kind in more than 50 years—is an opportunity to elevate the voices of people facing hunger and forge a national movement, with government, business, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, and ordinary citizens, dedicated to ending hunger permanently.
“Feeding America is deeply grateful to Rep. Jim McGovern, a longtime and leading advocate in the fight to end hunger. Rep. McGovern worked tirelessly and in a bipartisan fashion with the late Rep. Jackie Walorski and Sens. Cory Booker and Mike Braun to catalyze support and funding for the upcoming White House conference.
“The Feeding America network of 200 food banks, 21 statewide associations and 60,000 faith-based and charitable food pantries and meal programs believes the conference and the solutions identified during the event should be grounded by and reflect the voices of people facing hunger. That is why, earlier this year, we made it our goal to hear from people across the country with lived experience of food insecurity to co-create policy solutions to help inform the work of the conference.
“Through our Elevating Voices to End Hunger Together initiative, over the past three months, the Feeding America network has listened to and learned from people who have experienced food insecurity. We will elevate their concerns, ideas and experiences in a first-of-its-kind report, to be published prior to the conference. The report will also include recommendations for policymakers on how to help ensure everyone in the U.S., no matter their race, background or ZIP code, can access the food and resources they say they need to thrive.
“By ensuring every person in America has access to an adequate supply of nutritious food, we can create a stronger future for individuals, families, and our nation. Feeding America looks forward to working with the administration and Congress, during the conference and beyond, to help achieve the ambitious goal of ending hunger in the U.S. by 2030.”
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About Feeding America
Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through a network of more than 200 food banks, 21 statewide food bank associations, and over 60,000 partner agencies, food pantries and meal programs, we helped provide 5.2 billion meals to tens of millions of people in need last year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; brings attention to the social and systemic barriers that contribute to food insecurity in our nation; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.