White House Hosts Conference on Hunger

Group will identify nutrition problems and make recommendations. 

On Wednesday, President Biden’s administration hosted a conference on hunger, nutrition, and health. Only the second time the conference has been held, the first met over 50 years ago.

President Biden said his goal was to end hunger in the U.S. by 2030 and called for the U.S. to build on measures passed under his administration meant to improve financial security for families, such as the expanded child tax credit and the Inflation Reduction Act. 

“This goal’s within our reach. Let’s look at how far we’ve come on child poverty. 30 years ago, as was referenced, one in four children lived below the poverty line. Today, one in 20 live below the poverty line. So I know we can tackle hunger as well,” the president said. 

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said the conference will seek to identify nutrition problems within the U.S. and map out immediate recommendations to address such issues. 

“The first White House conference on food and nutrition more than 50 years ago made significant progress towards reducing food insecurity. Today, USDA runs nutrition assistance programs that serve one in four Americans every year. However, food and nutrition insecurity still remains unacceptably high,” Secretary Vilsack said. 

President Biden called for a bipartisan effort to address hunger, saying, “In every country in the world, every state in this country, no matter what else divides us — if a parent cannot feed a child, there’s nothing else that matters to that parent.” 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For discernment for the president and his advisors as they address hunger in the nation.
  • For Secretary Vilsack to seek God’s guidance as he implements programs to address nutrition.
  • For Secretary Becerra as he heads the federal health department.

Sources: The Hill, Politico, The White House 


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