Good food dialogues launched ahead of White House conference on hunger, nutrition and health

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WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Food Systems for the Future (FSF), an organization dedicated to providing access to healthy and affordable food for all through environmentally sustainable food systems, launched the Good Food Dialogues, goodfooddialogues.com, with the goal of making the voices of diverse community stakeholders heard across the food system.

As millions of Americans continue to struggle with hunger and diet-related disease, the White House seeks to address these pressing issues by hosting the first White House Hunger, Nutrition, and Health Conference since over 50 years old. Since the announcement of the conference, the FSF has worked to inform goals that will lead to a new national strategy to be announced at the upcoming conference in September.

FSF with Good Food Dialogues partners, World Central Kitchen, Hunger Free America, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, The Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Global Citizen, PepsiCo Foundation, Growing Hope Globally and the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger & Poverty believes that to create meaningful impact, the Conference will need to benefit from the attention, involvement and input of diverse and influential external stakeholders, including people who have experienced many food and nutrition challenges facing our nation. The Good Food Dialogues aim to elevate these voices to actively participate in the process.

The Good Food Dialogues platform provides community actors with resources to program, advertise and organize local dialogues on hunger, food, nutrition and health within their communities. Advocates who host dialogues on this platform will also be able to submit comments on their conversations which will be used in the following ways:

  • Posted as public, searchable documents on the Good Food Dialogues website.

  • Included in an outcome document that synthesizes comments, ideas and challenges shared throughout the Good Food Dialogues. This report will not only be submitted to the White House, but will also be used to inform a movement for change far beyond the White House Conference.

Everyone, from community members to local business owners, is encouraged to register to organize their own local dialogue within their community. Resources detailing how to host a dialogue can be found on the Good Food Dialogues website, but the method for convening a dialogue remains flexible, allowing all groups, regardless of circumstances or time constraints, to participate.

A good food dialogue can be anything from a large organization-led meeting to a small community gathering in a neighbor’s backyard! Local dialogues can be customized to fit your community and moderating style, and to let your community have their voice heard in a way that makes sense to them.

Statement by Ambassador Ertharin Cousin, Founder and CEO, Food Systems for the Future; Former Executive Director, World Food Program

“We commend the White House for hosting a conference on hunger, nutrition and health. The real work is done in the community. These local dialogues will engage those living with hunger and diet-related disease as well as community leaders who are striving to bring about change. We will share the results of the dialogue with the White House. Most importantly, after the White House Conference, we will use the platform to host conversations and information exchanges to help communities learn from each other. Provide a place of hope and action online.

Statement by Chef José Andrés, Founder and Food Director, World Central Kitchen; CEO, Think Food Group

“I am honored to be part of the White House Hunger, Nutrition and Health Conference – we recognize that food is a universal human right and we must do all we can to ensure that everyone , especially children, have access to fresh, healthy food. To make this a reality, we must tackle the points where our food system is broken or threatened from every angle – and seize this once-in-a-generation opportunity. making food part of the solution to many of the problems we face. Building longer tables, creating resilience for future crises. Food ultimately is at the heart of everything we do. are.”

To learn more about Good Food Dialogues, visit: goodfooddialogues.com

About the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health: In September 2022, the White House will host a conference that will aim to catalyze the public and private sectors around a coordinated strategy to accelerate progress and drive transformative change in the United States to end hunger, improve nutrition and activity. physical and bridging the disparities surrounding them. The conference will be held for the first time in more than 50 years and comes at a pivotal time as the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light the major presence of hunger, diet-related diseases and related disparities in the USA.

It is important that government, the private and public sectors, and communities across the country come together to help shape solutions to some of the country’s most pressing problems. Holding inclusive local dialogues is such an important step toward building a healthier future for all Americans.

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