MIDDLETOWN, NJ – The New Jersey Chapter of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics commends U.S. Senator Cory Booker (NJ) for championing legislative efforts to convene a White House national conference focused on food, nutrition, hunger and health.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics “is urging Congress to add its support to the bicameral bill. This conference will be an absolutely necessary step to address hunger and food insecurity in the United States,” said registered dietitian and academy president Kevin L. Sawyer.
New Jersey President Marisa Sweeney, RDN, RYT added: “It is wonderful to see New Jersey Senators recognize the value and urgency in working to find solutions to alleviate food insecurity in our state. Their actions to advocate for legislation that support the underprivileged and those faced with Difficulties in meeting basic needs due to the global pandemic is very important.” The pandemic has highlighted the disparity between families in this country and the need to examine the programs and policies in place for those in need. The Association of American Medical Colleges states that “54 million people in America face food insecurity during the pandemic, which can have severe consequences for their health.”
Sawyer commented, “It has been more than half a century since the White House held a conference dedicated to these important issues.” “Today, we must work together to find modern solutions to food and nutrition insecurity to ensure families have access to healthy and nutritious food.” In 1969, the first and only White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, Hunger, and Health convened, resulting in significant investments to create and expand programs that millions of Americans still depend on today, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program and the Women, Infants, and Children Program National Breakfast and Lunch.
After the fiftieth anniversary of the first conference, the Academy joined other organizations in calling for another conference. Nutrition plays an important role at every stage of life and supports health and wellness and an improved quality of life. The Academy is proud to be a supporter of policies that improve health and reduce food insecurity in the United States and on a global scale.” The New Jersey Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is pleased that the White House National Conference on Food, Nutrition, Hunger and Health is under consideration.
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