Elevating the voice of people facing hunger in America
Millions of people visit a food pantry, soup kitchen, or meal program every year. At the White House Conference, we will center the voices of people with lived experiences of food insecurity. This summer, the Feeding America network will hold 100 listening sessions, distribute 10,000 surveys, and have 100,000 conversations with our neighbors to collect their solutions for ending hunger. In September, we'll publish the results of our Elevating Voices to End Hunger Together initiative.
How to participate
If you have experienced food insecurity or visited a food pantry, soup kitchen, or free meal program (currently or in the past), we want to hear from you. You can share your thoughts in two ways:
- Complete the in survey in English or Spanish to help us better understand what we can do to help end hunger. This survey will only take a few minutes of your time.
- Submit a video in English or Spanish. You don't need to make an Oscar-worthy video. Just share your own words.
For this collective effort, Feeding America is guided by several principles that we urge the White House and federal elected officials to keep front and center:
- The conference and the solutions identified should be grounded by and reflect the voices of people facing hunger.
- The conference and the solutions identified should be grounded in preserving the dignity and agency of people facing hunger to make their own choices of what foods help their families thrive. People experiencing food insecurity need more choices, not less.
- New programs and approaches must be implemented that end the racially and geographically disparate outcomes perpetuated by the current system, solving for “race and place” inequities.
- We must keep hunger and food insecurity at the forefront of the conference goals by doing the most good for our nation’s most vulnerable. By doing so, we will lift up all other issues connected to food insecurity – including health, wellbeing, education, and workforce development.
- We must continue to expand access to nutritious food through charitable food access and nutrition programs for people facing hunger and marginalized communities, particularly for people facing hunger impacted by the diet-related disease.
- Bold solutions require broad support – we cannot harness the power of a nation to end hunger without engaging every citizen, elected official, and organization that we can. To do this, the policy solutions put forth to end hunger should be nonpartisan and grounded in science and data.