White House sets date for first ‘hunger conference’ in decades
This event is the first in its type in more than 50 years, as inflation in America strains food budgets
In response to the US’s ongoing battle with high inflation, the White House revealed the dates for its first Hunger, Nutrition and Health conference since over 50 years.
Conference will be held in Washington, DC, on September 28th. “government leaders, academics, activists and Americans from all walks of life”We should be focusing on problems that impact millions of citizens, who struggle with rising food prices and insecurity.
“We will announce a national strategy at the Conference that identifies actions the government will take to catalyze the public and private sectors to drive transformative change and address the intersections between food, hunger, nutrition, and health,”A statement from White House Press Secretary Karine Jean Pierre reads.
President Biden’s administration says it aims to improve food access and affordability, empower people to make healthy food choices and enhance food security research in areas experiencing destitution. Washington claims it will eliminate hunger completely in America by 2030.
“I’ll be convening the White House Conference with Hunger, Nutrition, and Health to bring together anti-hunger and nutrition advocates, food companies, local state governments, tribal and territory committees to lay out our plan to combat hunger and improve nutrition for every American,”Biden made the remarks in a May video statement.
According to the Consumer Price Index, inflation has caused a significant strain on food budgets in America. Groceries prices have risen by 12.2% over last year.
Under the Biden administration inflation has reached its highest point in 40 years, with 9.1% hitting June. It currently stands at 8.5%. As food and fuel prices rise, the Biden government continues to lavish its resources. The president has allocated more than $54bn since February to Ukraine for military and economic aid. He also passed the $739bn climate, health, and tax reform bill this month. While the bill is named the ‘Inflation Reduction Act’, the Congressional Budget Office has noted that it will saddle middle-class Americans with around $20 billion in additional taxes over the coming decade, whilst having a “negligible”Inflation impact