Academy Supports White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health to Be Held in September

05/04/2022 - The Academy commends the Biden administration's announcement that the White House will host a Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health in September, marking the first re-convening since 1969.

"This important conference will be a crucial step in addressing the high numbers of Americans with diet-related chronic disease, the ever-growing numbers of families experiencing food insecurity, as well as health inequities in the United States," said Academy President Kevin L. Sauer, PhD, RDN, LD, FAND.

"The Academy has supported holding this conference and we will continue to provide input to the White House throughout the process," Sauer said, noting that the Academy met with congressional leaders and White House staff earlier this year to discuss the much-anticipated event.

The White House plans to host a series of regional listening sessions leading up to the conference in September. Due to the tight timeline, the White House will have limited ability to solicit formal feedback on the event's program; however, the Academy and other groups are planning to submit recommendations for content and expert speakers. The White House will decide the final program, who will be able to participate and how. It is anticipated that more details including the dates and format of the conference will be released soon.

The Academy's topline policy issues that will be conveyed will align with the strategic impact areas and advocate for the roles of registered dietitian nutritionists and nutrition and dietetics technicians, registered in nutrition care and services. Members are encouraged to share feedback to be included in the Academy's communication to the administration. The Academy will be holding a listening session to inform our submission; watch for more information in the next month.

In October 2021, the Academy commended the new legislation that called for a conference to be convened that would focus on food, nutrition, hunger and health. The first and only White House conference on food, nutrition, hunger and health convened, was held in 1969 leading to significant investments to the creation and expansion of programs millions of Americans still rely on today, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children and the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program.