In September 2022, the Administration will host the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health, a pivotal event that occurred the first (and last) time more than 50 years ago in 1969. That event influenced this country’s food policy agenda for the next 50 years.
As this next White House conference approaches, philanthropy and early childhood advocates are working to surface priority issues for consideration at the conference, and for recommendations that will come out of the conference. A few examples of child nutrition and hunger recommendations include:
- Share our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign addresses five policy priorities for the White House attention (including summer and school meals, SNAP and WIC).
- Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) has recommendations that include bolstering child nutrition programs.
- First Focus has recommendations for including child development experts in the White House Conference planning, and focusing on child nutrition and hunger.
Other partners are engaging key early care and education providers in the discussion:
- Child Care Aware of America has a statement on nutrition in child care programs, the link between child care and hunger, and the importance of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies weighing in on child care nutrition discussions.
- Home Grown and CACFP Roundtable collaborated to bring the voice and lived experience of home-based child care providers and the impact adequate investment in CACFP can have on the goals of the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health.
Infant, toddler and family support experts are also providing guidance on broader issues impacting young children:
- The Federal Nutrition Advisory Committee collected policy reports and white papers to help inform Administration leaders about important data that influences hunger, nutrition and health, their food policy report portal includes 8 reports on nutrition and health in the first 1,000 days between a mom giving birth and a baby’s second birthday.
- National Collaborative for Infants and Toddlers (NCIT) Steering Committee submitted their Open Letter to the Nation on Infants and Toddlers to the White House to reinforce policy needs for improved maternal and child health, equitable policy implementation. ECFC was among thousands or philanthropy organizations, foundations and advocates signing onto the letter.
- Paid Leave for All steering committee submitted a letter leveraging the 1,000 Days report that demonstrates paid leave is a public health imperative and must be considered as an intersectional policy that supports and builds stability for low-income and other marginalized communities.
ECFC is interested to learn about other efforts among early childhood funders in advance of the White House conference. If you have efforts to share from your foundation, please contact Rena Large.