(The Hill) — The Biden administration hosted a conference on hunger, nutrition and health on Wednesday, the first such conference hosted by the White House in more than 50 years.
Speaking at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, President Biden called on the United States to build on measures passed under his administration designed to improve the financial security of families, such as expanding credit child tax and the Inflation Reduction Act.
Biden also proclaimed his goal of ending hunger in the United States by 2030.
“This goal is within our reach. Let’s see how far we have come in terms of child poverty. Thirty years ago, as we said, 1 in 4 children lived below the poverty line. Today, 1 in 20 people live below the poverty line. So I know we can also fight hunger,” Biden said.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the conference will seek to identify nutrition issues in the United States and develop immediate recommendations to address those issues. He said the food insecurity issues that former President Franklin D. Roosevelt pointed out at a nutrition conference in 1941 are still relevant today.
“The first White House Food and Nutrition Conference over 50 years ago made significant progress toward reducing food insecurity. Today, the USDA runs nutritional assistance programs that serve 1 in 4 Americans each year. However, food and nutrition insecurity still remains at an unacceptable level,” Vilsack said.
Biden noted efforts made so far during his tenure to improve the economy, such as the more than $1 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package, which he says has helped address insecurity issues. eating.
“Shortly after I came to power, I signed what is called the American bailout. It has helped put food on the table and keep a roof over the heads of millions of American families. It has helped our economy create nearly 10 million new jobs. Most jobs created during this period in American history,” Biden said.
“The overwhelming majority of working families use the child tax credit to buy food and other basic needs for their family. And has helped reduce child poverty by nearly 50% in the United States. 50 percent. And it reduced family food insecurity by 26 percent.
The White House anti-hunger strategy released Tuesday outlines numerous goals, including increasing 9 million free school meals for children by 2032. The administration also announced the creation of a pilot program to test medically adapted meals for Medicare.
Biden called for a bipartisan effort to fight hunger, saying, “In every country in the world, every state in that country, no matter what else divides us — if a parent can’t feed a child, they don’t Nothing else matters to this parent. If you look at your child and you can’t feed him, what else matters?
Recent data suggests that food insecurity rates have recently increased in response to economic stressors and the end of some safety net programs.
An Urban Institute report released this month found that one in five American adults said their household had experienced food insecurity over the past summer. Nearly one in four parents or guardians in the same study said their household was food insecure.