CACFP Convening for White House Conference
June 14, 2022
The CACFP was invited to join us on Zoom on Friday, June 17th for an hour-long Q&A to share feedback in preparation for the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health. This was an opportunity to collaborate and amplify our concerns on the issues facing us and our participants and to play a critical role in this national conversation.
Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health
In September, the White House will hold the Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health, which is part of an effort to end hunger and to increase healthy eating and physical activity by 2030. The Biden-Harris Administration is seeking input to develop and implement a national strategy, which is a fantastic opportunity for the Child and Adult Care Food Program community to be seen and heard on the national stage.
The conference will focus on five pillars: Improve food access and affordability; Integrate nutrition and health; Empower all consumers to make and have access to healthy choices; support physical activity for all; enhance nutrition and food security research.
CACFP community feedback
We have the opportunity to share our lived experiences for consideration while the strategy, solutions, and roadmap are being developed. Our session will focus on three of the five pillars of the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health:
Pillar 1. Improve food access and affordability: End hunger by making it easier for everyone — including urban, suburban, rural, and Tribal communities — to access and afford food. For example, expand eligibility for and increase participation in food assistance programs and improve transportation to places where food is available.
Pillar 2. Integrate nutrition and health: Prioritize the role of nutrition and food security in overall health, including disease prevention and management, and ensure that our health care system addresses the nutrition needs of all people.
Pillar 5. Enhance nutrition and food security research: Improve nutrition metrics, data collection, and research to inform nutrition and food security policy, particularly on issues of equity, access, and disparities.
If you were unable to attend, we still invite you to share your stories and ideas with us in writing by Friday, June 24, 2022 After we've developed our report, we'll be sharing it back to the CACFP community along with the White House. We also invite you to share the recording of this event with your colleagues as well as the feedback form, so we can hear from as many in the community as we can!