President of United States of America (USA), Mr. Joe Biden is to convene a White House Conference, first of its kind in 50 years to focus hunger and improving nutrition across the nation, a White House official confirmed.
The US sees higher rates of food insecurity amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The last time the White House hosted a conference focused on food insecurity was more than 50 years ago, when President Richard Nixon hosted the White House Conference on Food, Nutrition and Health in 1969.
That landmark event led to expansions of the food stamp program and the school lunch program, creation of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, and improved nutrition labeling.
The White House hopes this year’s conference will result in a plan to help reduce rates of diabetes, obesity and hypertension among Americans and accelerate efforts to end hunger across the nation.
The conference comes as skyrocketing grocery prices and supply chain problems further contribute to food insecurity, exacerbating already-existing issues and making it harder for Americans to shop for weekly food staples.
“Too many families don’t know where they’re going to get their next meal,” Biden said in a video announcing the conference.
“Too many empty chairs around the kitchen table because a loved one was taken by heart disease, diabetes or other diet-oriented diseases, which are some of the leading causes of death in our country.”