Monday, September 26, 2022

Hunger in the U.S. in the spotlight

 United States President Joe Biden will speak Wednesday at the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health, the first one since 1969.

Then the late Richard Nixon hosted the event that led to expansions of the food stamp program, the school lunch program and creation of a special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children. It also led to nutrition labeling on processed food products.

“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,” he said.

Representative. James McGovern , a Democrat from Massachusetts and chairman of the House Rules Committee, led an effort to get the White House to host the conference and pushed for $2.5 million to be allocated in a government funding package to host the event.

Conference speakers include President Joe Biden, White House Domestic Policy Adviser Susan Rice, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and Chef Jose Andres.