07/07/2021 - The Academy applauds the U.S. Department of Agriculture's efforts to examine the Thrifty Food Plan and encourages the agency to conduct the review using a cultural humility lens. The Academy urges USDA to update the Thrifty Food Plan so that it assures a nutritionally adequate diet and health for low-income Americans and aligns with the most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Additionally, the Thrifty Food Plan must account for culturally appropriate market baskets, realistic time expectations for shopping and meal preparation and transportation challenges.
It is the position of the Academy that systematic and sustained action is needed to achieve food and nutrition security in the United States. To achieve food security, effective interventions are needed, along with adequate funding for, and increased utilization of, food and nutrition assistance programs; inclusion of nutrition education in such programs; strategies to support individual and household economic stability; and research to measure impact on food insecurity and health related outcomes. The Academy will continue to advocate for policies and federal programs that address nutrition security.