Thursday, October 6, 2022

White House Hunger Conference: Was it a Success?

 From Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity

The White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health held last week was historic just by taking place; it was the first White House conference on hunger since the one held in 1969 when Richard Nixon was president. The Biden administration announced a plan to end hunger in the U.S. by 2030 and anti-hunger advocates came out of the conference with new momentum. But will the meeting result in concrete achievements, as the 1969 conference did, leading to the creation of SNAP and other anti-hunger programs? Journalist Helena Bottemiller Evich, a Polk Award winning food and nutrition writer who recently founded Food Fix, a new publication about food policy in Washington and beyond, was at the conference and spoke to Spotlight about what it might lead to. The transcript here has been lightly edited for length and clarity.