Wednesday 28 September 2022 08:41 PM Biden says White House has secured $8 BILLION in funding to solve hunger trends now
Pillar 1 – Improve Food Access and Affordability
AARP: AARP and AARP Foundation will expand research on older adults’ access to SNAP and use this research to improve SNAP enrollment rates for older adults, which still lag behind other populations. By 2024, AARP will additionally complete new research to identify the key characteristics of non-participating yet eligible older adults and the key drivers of low SNAP enrollment, which it will share widely to inform policy, advocacy, and on-the-ground efforts to boost awareness and enrollment among older adults.
BENEFITS DATA TRUST: National nonprofit Benefits Data Trust will leverage technology to improve access to public benefits, including by publishing a new toolkit in early 2023 to help states and higher education institutions identify and enroll eligible college students in public benefit programs like SNAP, Medicaid, and the new Affordable Connectivity Program, the FCC’s broadband benefit program to help low-income households access the internet. Benefits Data Trust’s toolkit will be the first in a series it develops to help eligible students enroll in public benefits.
BOWERY: Bowery, an indoor vertical farming company, commits to forging new partnerships with hunger-relief organizations and expanding local produce donations by thousands of pounds. By 2023, Bowery will open new farms in Texas and Georgia and donate hundreds of pounds in fresh produce to the Tarrant Area Food Bank – serving Fort Worth, Arlington, and Dallas – and to the Atlanta Community Food Bank. This fall, Bowery will also launch a new partnership with East Brooklyn Mutual Aid to donate and distribute fresh produce across East Brooklyn. Finally, the company will expand its partnership with DC Central Kitchen’s Healthy Corners program to provide a new line of salad kits at a significant discount to 53 corner stores in DC’s Wards 7 and 8 that currently lack access to healthy food options. In total, in 2023 Bowery commits to donating over 10,000 pounds of produce through both these partnerships and additional existing donation efforts in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.
CHOBANI: Chobani will launch a national corporate responsibility initiative – Food Access in Reach (F.A.I.R.) – to encourage businesses of all sizes to "adopt-a-school" and pledge to make it food- and nutrition-secure. As part of this initiative, businesses including Chobani will pledge to help schools meet child nutrition standards, and pay their employees at least a $15/hour minimum wage to reduce hunger within their own ranks. Chobani itself will adopt 3 schools (in Twin Falls, ID; Central New York; and New York City) in 2023, with a goal for businesses and partners across the country to have adopted at least 50 schools by 2030.
DOORDASH: DoorDash will partner with 18 cities – Mesa and Tucson in Arizona; Oakland and Riverside in California; Paterson and Camden City in New Jersey; Albany, Mt. Vernon, and Rochester in New York; Columbus, Ohio; Tacoma, Washington; Denver, Colorado; Hartford, Connecticut; Tampa, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; Baltimore, Maryland; Pawtucket, Rhode Island; and Richmond, Virginia – to combat hunger by addressing transportation barriers to accessing healthy food. The company will provide targeted support through: $1 million in DoorDash Community Credits, which community-based organizations can use to provide free food delivery; access to Project DASH on the DoorDash logistics platform, which food banks, food pantries, and other charitable organizations can use to power charitable food delivery; and direct funding of in-kind charitable food deliveries through the platform.
FOODCORPS: Over the next 8 years, national nonprofit FoodCorps will invest $250 million to increase access to free and nourishing school meals and to expand hands-on nutrition education in schools. Through this Nourishing Futures initiative, FoodCorps aims to reach 500,000 students by 2030. Additionally, the organization commits to training 1,000 emerging leaders of color for careers in school nutrition services to improve the diversity of school-based nutrition professionals and support culturally relevant meals and menus.
FMI - THE FOOD INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION: FMI - The Food Industry Association will mobilize its membership to donate 2 billion meals in 2023 to food banks and other anti-hunger organizations; make it easier to use SNAP and WIC benefits online and in retail settings; and promote consumer education on healthy foods – committing to reach a minimum of 100 million consumers each year from 2023 to 2030. Across each of these initiatives, FMI commits to internal benchmarking and annual reporting to ensure consistent progress.
GOOGLE: Google will launch new product features to help Americans access public food benefits and health care services. Google Search will facilitate SNAP enrollment by making it easier for users to find detailed and locally-specific information on how to check their eligibility and apply for SNAP benefits. Google will also update its search experience to enable Americans already enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid to find and schedule health care appointments directly within the Google Search tool. Finally, YouTube is launching a Personal Stories feature for sharing personal experiences on specific health topics.
HUNGER FREE OKLAHOMA: Nonprofit organization Hunger Free Oklahoma will increase access to fresh produce by expanding its SNAP incentive program from 19 to all 77 counties in Oklahoma by 2030. This expanded program will serve 10 times the number of SNAP households it does now, ultimately reaching 100,000 households total per month. Hunger Free Oklahoma will also collaborate with Tribal Nations, state government, and the private sector to develop a new, coordinated WIC outreach and enrollment effort, with a commitment to increase WIC participation to 80 percent across the state – for a total of 125,000 women, infants, and children served.
HY-VEE, INC: The supermarket chain Hy-Vee, Inc. will deliver 30 million meals to vulnerable communities by 2025. The company will also deploy its in-store dietitians to educate 100,000 Americans in areas of low food access on healthy eating and nutrition by 2026.
NATIONAL GROCERS ASSOCIATION (NGA): Over the next two years, the National Grocers Association will expand access to full-service grocery stores – grocery stores that stock and sell fresh produce, meat, and dairy, in addition to processed and packaged goods – across the country. It will double the number of retailers offering SNAP Online, prioritizing rural areas and areas with low food access, such as agricultural communities. NGA will also build a toolkit to support its members expanding full-service grocery stores into USDA-designated food deserts.
NATIONAL HEAD START ASSOCIATION (NHSA): The National Head Start Association commits to improving the health, nutrition, and economic security of young children and their families. Over the next three years, it will facilitate Head Start enrollment for roughly 100,000 children through the Department of Health & Human Service’s new SNAP eligibility pathway. Through this new pathway, NHSA will target technical assistance to programs serving populations and areas with the highest rates of food insecurity, and help state Head Start State Associations and Head Start State Collaboration Offices establish partnerships with SNAP offices to boost local enrollment. Separately, NHSA will launch a three-year research partnership with Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy to conduct a national assessment of nutrition concerns for 3,000 Head Start Teachers to better understand the challenges early childhood teachers face.
NAYAK FARMS: Nayak Farms, a 200-acre farm in Illinois, will work to combat food-insecurity in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and Iowa. This includes donating over 1,000,000 pounds of sweet corn to food-insecure families in those four states by 2026; donating 50,000 pounds of green beans to food-insecure families in 2023 and 2024; and championing local and state policies that can support farmers in combating food insecurity.
NOVO NORDISK: Pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk will invest $20 million over the next three years in at least 6 new locally-led initiatives that improve access to healthy foods and safe spaces for physical activity in marginalized communities. The company will also expand its place-based projects into five additional states to address upstream barriers to reducing the burden of chronic disease, including obesity and diabetes. These projects range from building greater demand for locally sourced, healthy produce in the Mississippi Delta to improving nutrition literacy among medical students and patients of Federally Qualified Health Centers in Arizona.
PUBLIX: Publix commits to donating $3.85 million to 22 Feeding America food banks to establish free, mobile food pantries for stocking local fruits and vegetables. It will provide these mobile pantries with at least 500,000 pounds each of produce in their first year of operation. In 2023, it will also host a national hunger summit with Feeding America food bank partners, and run its Feeding More Together register campaign, which is expected to generate up to $10 million in in-kind donations.
RETHINK FOOD: Rethink Food, a national nonprofit that seeks to bridge the gap between food that goes to waste and food-insecure communities, will rescue at least 2 million pounds of excess food each year for the next 5 years, and divert it from restaurants to food-insecure communities. By 2027, ReThink Food pledges to divert 10 million pounds of excess food, four times its current annual rate. Rethink Food additionally commits to providing 10 million high-quality meals over the next 5 years to individuals and communities facing food hardship, by leveraging its network of restaurants, chefs, and other partners. Finally, the organization will invest over $10 million to support the capacity of local restaurants that are minority- or women-owned.
SHIPT: In 2023, Shipt will launch an accelerator to improve access to capital and technical assistance for local retailers seeking e-commerce capabilities – at least 50 percent of which will be in the food, beverage, and grocery categories. Shipt will prioritize businesses owned by people of color and LGBTQI+ people with a goal of assisting at least 10 local retailers in its first year and 30 in its first three years, all of which will receive a $5,000 stipend. Shipt will also launch two new product features in 2023 – facilitating healthy food selection for diet-specific meal planning and extending the option to accept SNAP/EBT benefits to all eligible retailers on its platform.
SYSCO: Sysco will provide $500 million through its Global Good initiative over the next five years to improve healthy eating for the communities it serves. By FY2025, this contribution will include: a donation of 200 million meals to national hunger-related charities and local food banks to increase access to healthy foods, valued at approximately $400 million; cash donations of about $50 million to hunger-relief organizations; and another $50 million of employee volunteer time. The company is also committed to improving good agricultural practices for fresh produce and leading innovative ideas to source sustainable products in a climate-responsible way – including by constructing indoor farms in local communities.
THE WAVE FOUNDATION: The Wave Foundation will publicly launch and expand an Equity and Climate marketplace to connect underrepresented food producers – people of color and women – with large-scale food service and retail outlets nationwide. The goal of the marketplace will be to build a more just, resilient, and self-sustainable food system.
UNIDOSUS: By 2030, Latino civil rights organization UnidosUS commits to doubling the reach of its Comprando Rico y Sano (Buying Healthy and Flavorful Foods) program, which works to reduce food insecurity among Latino Americans through culturally relevant nutrition education and enrollment assistance in federal food benefits. To do this, UnidosUS will expand the program to 25 additional community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico – training 1,880 new community health workers, providing nutrition education to 84,000 more people, and facilitating SNAP enrollment for roughly 232,000 more members of the Latino community.
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SYSTEM: By 2030, the University of California System will cut in half the proportion of its 280,000-person student body facing food insecurity – reducing the reported rate among undergraduates from 44% to 22% and among graduate students from 26% to 13%. To achieve this goal, the University will work with local counties to maximize student SNAP enrollment, provide food for students who do not qualify for CalFresh – the California implementation of SNAP – yet still struggle with food access, and allocate additional campus food resources to historically underserved student populations.
WARNER BROS. DISCOVERY (WBD): Warner Bros. Discovery will provide 600 million meals to children who are food-insecure between now and September 2023 through its “Turn Up! Fight Hunger” initiative, a partnership with No Kid Hungry. Food Network (a WBD brand) will also continue to highlight healthy programming and recipes on its channels. Warner Bros. Television Group will educate its creative leaders on food insecurity – encouraging storylines that center hunger, nutrition, and health topics.
WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH: Washington State’s Department of Health will launch an online ordering pilot for WIC that, for the first time, enables WIC participants statewide to both purchase and select pick-up or delivery of their WIC foods online. The Department will also roll out a new program that enables WIC participants to spend their monthly fruit and vegetable cash value benefit at farmers’ markets, in addition to traditional grocery stores. This change alone will make approximately $10 million of WIC cash value benefits available for redemption at Washington farmers’ markets in 2023. At the same time, the Department commits to transitioning its fruit and vegetable prescriptions next year from a paper voucher to a card-based system to allow more small businesses and grocers to access the program and to reduce transportation barriers for program participants.
Pillar 2 – Integrate Nutrition and Health
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS: By 2030, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the anti-hunger nonprofit Share Our Strength commit to offering training to all 67,000 AAP member pediatricians on both screening for nutrition insecurity and referring patients to federal and community nutrition resources. AAP will also evaluate its training by tracking its members’ comfort discussing food insecurity, members’ screening rates for nutrition insecurity, and the outcomes of pediatrician referrals.
AMERICAN COLLEGE OF LIFESTYLE MEDICINE (ACLM): ACLM will make an in-kind donation of $24.1 million to improve nutrition training for medical professionals. Specifically, ACLM will donate 5.5 hours of Continuing Medical Education course credits on nutrition and "food is medicine" topics to 100,000 health care providers located in regions with high rates of diet-related disease. ACLM will also coordinate with the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine to cover half the cost of lifestyle medicine training and certification for 1,400 primary care providers – one from each Federally Qualified Health Center across the nation.
ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN MEDICAL COLLEGES (AAMC) and ACCREDITATION COUNCIL FOR GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION (ACGME): AAMC and ACGME commit to organizing and hosting the first-ever Medical Education Summit on Nutrition in Practice in March 2023. This national initiative will convene 150 medical education leaders – across medical schools, residency training, and continuing education programs – to identify, discuss, and determine the best strategies for integrating nutrition and food insecurity into medical education curricula, with a focus on interprofessional care and health equity.
BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF NORTH CAROLINA FOUNDATION: This fall, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation will launch a two-year, $3.5 million effort to increase access to healthy food and grow the “food is medicine” movement in North Carolina. It will fund and facilitate partnerships between health care providers and community-based organizations, which will in turn provide a range of free or subsidized services – from food vouchers to medically-tailored meals. The Foundation will also evaluate the interventions provided to determine where they are most impactful.
BOSTON MEDICAL CENTER (BMC): Boston Medical Center, the largest safety-net provider in New England, will build farms at two new facilities in 2023 to supply fresh, local produce to hospitalized patients, facility cafeterias, and its prescription-based food pantry, where primary care doctors can refer their patients for free, healthy food. Among its own patient population, BMC also commits to close the “SNAP Gap,” the gap between those eligible and actively enrolled in SNAP, by expanding screening for food insecurity and streamlining Medicaid and SNAP enrollment in its primary care offices. Finally, BMC has invested in a local, minority-owned, healthy food market that will open this fall alongside a affordable housing development in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, which is expected to increase the availability of healthy, affordable food in a historically marginalized community.
COMMUNITY SERVINGS: Community Servings, a regional nonprofit organization, will provide 10 million medically tailored, home-delivered meals to individuals and families experiencing nutrition insecurity and chronic illness in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. It will co-lead the national Food is Medicine Coalition's Accelerator program to incubate 15 new medically tailored home-delivered meals programs in states that are unserved or underserved by existing programs. It will additionally expand a workforce development training program for individuals experiencing barriers to employment, so that they are trained in food service production, and provide resources to help trainees subsequently receive employment in the food service industry.
FOODSMART: Foodsmart is a “food is medicine” company that integrates dietary assessments and nutritional counseling with online food ordering services. Over the next five years, Foodsmart will provide no-cost training and secure employment for over 10,000 nutrition professionals of color by building partnerships with universities, online continuing education companies, and accreditation bodies.
MASS GENERAL BRIGHAM: The nonprofit integrated health care system Mass General Brigham will build two state-of-the-art teaching kitchens to increase access to fresh, healthy food by delivering “food is medicine” programs, healthy meals, nutrition screening and counseling, and healthy cooking classes to local communities. It will also invest $6.35 million to build the capacity of 7 community-based organizations to reduce food insecurity, promote nutrition equity, and administer “food is medicine” programs and medically tailored meals in Massachusetts. Mass General Brigham also commits to expanding screening for food insecurity and maximizing SNAP and WIC enrollment among its patient population.
MEDICAL EDUCATION PLEDGE: Several leading health sector organizations – the National Medical Association, National Hispanic Medical Association, Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, National Dental Association, Case Western University’s School of Dental Medicine, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, Children’s Oral Health Institute, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, Society of American Indian Dentists, and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy – have all signed a pledge committing to take several new actions to strengthen health professionals’ education in nutrition. Specifically, by 2024, these organizations will: fortify nutrition education as one of the foundational competencies for professional training in all health-related fields; incorporate the use of therapeutic lifestyle interventions in curricula and training on chronic disease; ensure that professional training programs include at least one educator with formal training in nutrition science; increase the number and credit value of nutrition continuing education units and maintenance of certification credits for all specialties; and ensure that hunger, nutrition, and lifestyle topics comprise at least 5 percent of board certification exam questions for both primary and subspecialty professional training programs.
NEMOURS CHILDREN’S HEALTH: Nemours Children's Health, a multi-state pediatric health system, will expand access to donation programs and educational tools to reduce food insecurity and health disparities. The health system will develop and disseminate a comprehensive Social Determinants of Health Implementation Guide, which will help other health systems detect and address social determinants of health (SDoH) like food security; scale its existing SDoH screening tool to new specialty clinics in Delaware and