First Focus on Children and The Education Trust jointly sent the following letter to President Biden and Ambassador Susan Rice thanking them for convening the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health and for releasing a National Strategy to end hunger and reduce diet-related diseases by 2030. They also urged them to use every tool and resource at the Administration’s disposal to prioritize food and nutrition security for Americans, without further delay.

Excerpt from the letter:

To ensure that the action items outlined in the National Strategy are realized, we believe your Administration should have a thoughtful, coordinated strategy to benchmark progress annually and update the strategy accordingly. A clear and specific timeline on action steps that the Administration is working towards would not only give stakeholders insight into the progress achieved to date but also ensure that the communities our organizations work with and represent are fully educated and prepared to take full advantage of these opportunities. America’s families are experiencing a significant nutrition crisis, navigating the challenge of affording food and the equally complex challenge of accessing nutritious food. The short and long term consequences of failing to provide a nutrition safety net that meets the health and developmental needs of children and students can no longer be ignored. We stand ready to work with you to meet this moment.

Read the full letter.