Academy Recommendations to USDA Highlight Opportunities to Better Serve Minority Communities

07/20/2021 - The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recognizes it is essential to address the root causes of health inequities by examining the social determinants of health that play a role in the etiology and amplification of chronic health disparities. These root causes of health disparities must be addressed to achieve health equity.

The USDA is uniquely positioned to address multiple social determinants of health by improving policies and programs to better reach underserved communities through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP Education and EFNEP, Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, school meals and commodities to ensure communities of color have access to healthy, safe and culturally-appropriate food.

Read the Academy's comments.