The White House on Tuesday announced $1.7 billion in commitments across the country as part of a call to action to help end hunger in the United States by 2030 and promote healthy living.
According to the administration, 17 million households were unable to get enough food in 2022. In about 6.8 million of those households, a member had to skip meals or make other changes at times because there was not enough money or resources for food.
Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff will be joined by renowned chef José Andrews, basketball player Elena Delle Donne, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and other administration officials to announce the $1.7 billion in commitments at an event at the White House on Tuesday. in the afternoon.
Fourteen sports leagues and players associations, along with healthy systems, insurers, nonprofits, local elected officials and other organizations are getting in on the action to help fight hunger and increase nutrition. In total, more than 140 public and private sector commitments have been made.
The announcement follows $8 billion in commitments announced in September 2022 at the Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health.
According to the administration, 17 million households were unable to obtain enough food in 2022. In approximately 6.8 million of those households, a member had to go without food or skip meals at times because there was not enough money or resources to eat.
Doug Emhoff will announce $1.7 billion in new commitments as part of the challenge to end hunger and promote healthy living by 2030 at an event at the White House on Tuesday.
Among those committed as part of the challenge are sixteen cities across the country launching a task force and/or creating an action plan to combat hunger and reduce diet-related diseases.
Other efforts include healthcare companies like Ascension, which have made commitments that focus on identifying health equity disparities and working to increase access to fresh, affordable produce, or insurers like Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, which is expanding personalized nutritional counseling and its twice-monthly healthy food delivery pilot program.
At the same time, the organization Food Forward plans to recover 290 million pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables that would otherwise be wasted and distribute them to people facing food insecurity. By increasing its recovery by 20 million pounds a year by 2026, the organization is estimated to provide 1.6 billion more servings of fresh fruits and vegetables to historically underserved communities.
And the iconic Harlem Globetrotters are also engaging in a public awareness campaign about the important link between good nutrition and healthy activity. They have committed through a two-year partnership with KABOOM!, a nonprofit organization that works to provide play spaces for children in underserved communities.
Harlem Globetrotters among more than 140 organizations, companies and governments that have committed $1.7 billion to a challenge to end hunger and diet-related diseases in the United States.
President Biden speaking at the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health on September 28, 2022.
The Biden administration first laid out its plan to end hunger and reduce diet-related diseases in the United States by 2030 at a conference in Washington in September 2022. The conference outlined actions that companies, governments local and other organizations could take to help achieve that goal. .
Included in the $8 billion in commitments initially announced were more than $2.5 billion from startups focused on finding solutions to food insecurity. Another $4 billion came from philanthropic efforts to improve access to nutritious foods and promote health.
As part of the effort, the administration designed its own national strategy to address hunger and diet-related diseases. Some of the steps it has taken include the FDA working to develop a front-of-package labeling system to help consumers understand nutritional information. It also expanded access to school breakfast and lunch for students in 3,000 more school districts in high-need areas and outlined other initiatives.