The second-ever White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health is a moment more than 50 years in the making. It’s a historic opportunity to bring together policymakers, non-profit leaders, food and agriculture system stakeholders, and those with lived experiences to tackle some of the most persistent, intersecting, and growing challenges affecting low-income Americans, particularly BIPOC and other marginalized communities.

This Summit is taking place as our nation is facing a hunger and nutrition crisis. More than 40 million Americans are food insecure, including children, families, and veterans. Diet-related diseases are a leading factor in healthcare spending, impacting people, the economy, and national security. Agriculture-related emissions are fueling climate change.

Immediate action is needed to reform this system to produce food that is good for people and the planet. The Rockefeller Foundation is committed to making opportunity universal and sustainable. We have a long history of working in food systems, such as spurring research, generating data, and organizing coalitions that build systems that are more nutritious, regenerative, and equitable. That’s why earlier this year, we recommitted to helping the U.S. achieve a ‘good food’ system – a system that nourishes people and the planet.

What does this look like in practice? Drawing on listening sessions with hundreds of stakeholders across food and agriculture sectors, learnings from our grantee network, and decades of research, we shared policy recommendations with the White House in advance of the coming Conference to help inform the national strategy. We proposed three key areas for significant impact across the food system:

  • Improving healthy food access and affordability by strengthening federal nutrition programs, including school meals, and supporting efforts focused on food and nutrition security.
  • Integrating nutrition and health through the broad adoption of “Food is Medicine” interventions into healthcare delivery, investment in nutrition research, and expansion of programs such as medically tailored meals and The Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP) produce prescription programs.
  • Empowering all consumers to make and have access to healthy choices by maximizing the return on public investment through the adoption and implementation of purchasing standards that support healthier, more resilient, equitable food systems across the U.S.

Read the full article about improving food systems by Devon Klatell at The Rockefeller Foundation.