–Biden Administration Commits to Addressing Food Insecurity in America–
NEW YORK (May 4, 2022) – Noreen Springstead, executive director of WhyHunger, issued the following statement on the Biden Administration’s announcement to reinstate the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health in September.
“We are thrilled that the Biden Administration is moving forward with this conference and commitment to a holistic government approach on the very solvable issue of hunger. In the face of rising food insecurity rates, exacerbated by the pandemic and inflation, now is the time for executive action and new, bold legislation to help promote nutrition and health in our nation and end hunger once and for all.
WhyHunger co-founder Harry Chapin was an instrumental part of the first ever Presidential Commission on World Hunger. We look forward to carrying on his legacy as participants in the upcoming conference and working on the roadmap to ending hunger by 2030. We will continue to press for impactful policy and programs to reduce hunger and promote nutrition and health, grounded in addressing the root causes of food insecurity and ensuring that access to healthy and nutritious food is a basic human right for all. We also need to ensure people with lived experience of hunger and BIPOC-led and grassroots organizations are included in setting the strategy.
We thank Congressman James McGovern (D-MA), Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (R-IN), Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Senator Mike Braun (R-IN) for uniting to introduce a bipartisan, bicameral bill to convene the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health, as well as President Biden for making this a reality. Our hope is that the outcomes here will truly be transformational.”
More information on the White House Conference can be found here.
Founded in 1975 by the late Harry Chapin and radio DJ Bill Ayres, WhyHunger believes a world without hunger is possible. We provide critical resources to support grassroots movements and fuel community solutions rooted in social, environmental, racial and economic justice. A four-star rated charity by Charity Navigator, with highest ratings for excellence in fiscal management accountability and transparency, WhyHunger is working to end hunger and advance the human right to nutritious food in the U.S. and around the world. 90 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to programmatic work. Learn more at whyhunger.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.