President Joe Biden announces plan to end hunger in the U.S.

Photo Courtesy President Joe Biden

On Wednesday, at a conference on hunger, nutrition and health in the capital, President Joe Biden laid out a plan to end hunger in the U.S. as well as to reduce diet-related diseases by the end of the next decade. The Biden administration is committed to disbursing funds above $8 billion through the private and public sectors in the nation. The ambitious plan wants to end both hunger and diet related diseases such as diabetes, obesity, hypertension and more, by the end of 2030.

President Biden said, “In America, no child, no child should go to bed hungry or parent. He added, “No parent should die of a disease that can be prevented.”

According to an official, 500 people from a cross section of the nation attended the conference. They included
rural and urban farmers
business leaders
community leaders
state, local and tribal governments
academics and
activists.

More than a thousand people were expected to join virtually. The conference was convened by legislation that was put forth by Representatives Jim McGovern, a Democrat from Massachusetts and late Jackie Walorski a Republican from Indiana as well as Senators Cory Booker, a Democrat from New Jersey and Mike Braun, a Republican from Indiana.

According to the proposed plan, new actions will be taken on the following:

Improvements in food access and affordability
Help for consumers to make healthy choices in their daily diets
Support to be provided for physical activity
Increase research on nutrition and food security.

These goals would be achieved by standardizing front-of-package label systems so consumers can easily understand nutrition information. An additional amount of about $26 per person per month would be allocated to the ongoing SNAP program, which is a federal nutrition assistance program.

The Biden administration is also looking at increased access to healthy, free school meals. It is looking to add 9 million additional kids by 2032. It will also enhance eligibility for SNAP as well as extend summer benefits to more children. Allocation of funds for national programs for women as well as assistance for medical related meals will also be enhanced

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that 10 percent of households in the nation had suffered from food insecurity in 2021.

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