President Biden announced in May that the White House would host the first Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health in more than 50 years. On Monday, August 29th, the White House officially announced that the conference would be held Wednesday, September 28th in Washington, D.C.
The conference will bring together stakeholders from government, academia and advocacy organizations to work toward the ambitious goal of achieving zero hunger and reducing diet-related diseases – from nutrient deficiencies to type II diabetes – by 2030. Fortunately, ample opportunity exists to achieve progress toward this goal. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that 30-40% of the U.S. food supply is wasted each year, presenting a clear opportunity to address hunger by ensuring that food that would otherwise be wasted gets to those who lack sufficient healthy food to meet their dietary needs.