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Biden Unveils Plan to End Hunger in the US by 2030

    Biden Unveils Plan to End Hunger in the US by 2030
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    Facts

    • On Wednesday, at the first White House conference on health and nutrition in more than 50 years, Pres. Biden revealed $8B in commitments from the private sector to help the administration’s goal of ending hunger in the US by 2030. [1]
    • Among the donors will be some of the largest corporations in the US. Philanthropies focused on expanding access to healthy food have committed to donating $4B. [2]
    • The White House also plans to expand nutrition research and encourage the food industry to reduce its use of sodium and sugar. Other proposals, such as expanding food stamps and having Medicare cover 'medically tailored' meals, will require Congress to pass legislation. [2]
    • This was the first White House conference on hunger, nutrition, and health since 1969 when Pres. Nixon convened a meeting that led to the major expansion of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the creation of the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program. Both SNAP and WIC have been seen as safety nets for American food security. [3]
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    Spin

    Democratic narrative

    It’s unacceptable that food and nutrition insecurity remains so high in such in the wealthy United States. These proposals are a perfect balance between private and public investments. We need this collaboration to end not just hunger but also diet-related diseases that are afflicting the US.

    Republican narrative

    If Biden wanted to reduce food insecurity and hunger, shouldn't have signed the giant stimulus bills that contributed to debilitating inflation. Food prices are through the roof and rising, and the president's hefty social spending is to blame.

    Cynical narrative

    Never mind 2030, there are Americans desperate for help putting food on the table right now. The White House needs to step up by bolstering food banks immediately. If this crucial first step is successful, it could be a strong start to its longer-range plan.

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