White House

White House Challenge

Responding to the nationwide call-to-action to end hunger.

The White House Challenge to End Hunger & Build Healthy Communities is a nationwide call-to-action to stakeholders across all of society to make commitments to end hunger and reduce diet-related disease by 2030—all while reducing health disparities. Over $9.7 billion in commitments have been cultivated by over 200 organizations in support of the National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health.

Through our Community Health Builders program, we have pledged to support 7 communities and reach over 6,000 individuals. Food insecurity is inextricably linked to good health and resilience. Over 13 million children live in households that do not have enough food for everyone in their house1, and half of all adults have one or more chronic diseases, many of which are related to poor-quality eating patterns and physical inactivity2.

We know that if someone is unsure about where their next meal is, they are certainly not prioritizing doctor appointments or medication adherence. Incorporating Food is Medicine principles in our work is essential to improving both chronic and acute disease risk factors and outcomes.

[1] https://www.nokidhungry.org/who-we-are/hunger-facts#:~:text=Yet%20it%20happens%20%2D%20every%20day,to%20lead%20a%20healthy%20life
[2] https://health.gov/our-work/nutrition-physical-activity/food-medicine

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