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WHITEHOUSE CONFERENCE ON HUNGER
Making it happen
When we started ButterflyPAC, we agreed to advocate for evidence based solutions to the
problems of poverty and hunger. That commitment comes with a prerequisite – to gather
evidence. The best way to gather evidence is to bring together those who have been in
the field testing various programs and accumulating the proof of programs that work.
U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Mike Braun (R-IN) and U.S. Representatives James P.
McGovern (D-MA) and Jackie Walorski (R-IN) have just announced an important effort
toward that end. It’s an important piece of legislation convening a White House
Conference on Food, Nutrition, Hunger and Health. This will be the only White House
conference focused on hunger and nutrition since 1969. That conference led to landmark
legislation and nearly a decade of transformational progress in the fight to end hunger in
America—spurring the creation and expansion of programs such as the Supplemental
Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for
Women, Infants and Children (WIC), and the National School Breakfast and Lunch
The proposed second conference would take a whole-of-government approach to ending
hunger and combatting nutrition insecurity in America, featuring diverse voices and those
with lived experience. The conference would also explore weaknesses within the current
food system, highlighting the fragility created by hyper-consolidation that has led to fewer
choices for consumers and economic insecurity for farmers, ranchers, and rural
communities, many of which are now considered food deserts.
This White House conference would bring together the heads of food banks, hospitals,
government agencies, nonprofits, educators, farmers and ranchers, individuals with lived
experiences, and more, with the goal of crafting a real plan with benchmarks for ending
hunger, reducing nutrition insecurity, and reducing diet-related disease.
Full text of the legislation can be viewed here. ButterflyPAC is proud to work with the
Congressional Hunger Center under the leadership of Representative McGovern
to support this positive, bi-partisan legislation.
Join us at ButterflyPAC where we back candidates who commit to end poverty and hunger.
Poverty and hunger is increasing. As reported by the United Nations World Food Program and the Columbia University Center on Poverty and Social Policy, COVID-19 could set poverty back by decades. ButterflyPAC promotes candidates who are willing to get out ahead of these predicted numbers:
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