August 7, 2022
The first day of school is an important milestone for every student. This September, the Biden-Harris Administration will mark a milestone of its own with the first White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health in nearly 50 years.
The last conference of its kind, in 1969, resulted in crucial improvements to food access, including the expansion of school meal programs and SNAP benefits. This means the upcoming conference is likely to have a significant impact on food and nutrition policy—and access to healthy food for all Americans—for many years to come.
Thrive Market has been on a mission to make healthy living more accessible to every American since the company’s founding in 2014. We established our Food Equality Fund in 2020 with the goal of raising $10 million in healthy groceries by 2025 to help close the food inequality gap. (To date, we’ve raised $7.5 million.) Since then, we’ve been able to amplify our efforts and broaden its impact by working with key nonprofit partners.
One of those organizations is FoodCorps, which works to connect kids to healthy food and education in school systems nationwide. Their network of service members provides educational programming around gardening, cooking, and nutrition in schools; FoodCorps also supports policy initiatives aimed at improving healthy food access for kids.
By providing complimentary memberships and funding food education initiatives, Thrive Market has helped FoodCorps make an impact in schools around the United States, including Mississippi in 2021 and Arkansas in 2022. This year, Thrive Market and FoodCorps have reached 6,000 students in Arkansas and helped them experience 1,500 immersive, hands-on learning opportunities.
The ultimate goal of the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health is to identify steps that governments, nonprofit organizations, community groups, and private companies can take to support access to healthy food, education, and other resources that contribute to overall better health throughout society.
Five key pillars will determine the conference’s scope:
Thrive Market is supporting FoodCorps as they activate around the upcoming White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health. Leading up to this event, FoodCorps conducted three regional listening sessions to hear from community and school partners about what policies are needed to improve their work in schools across the country. Their stories and insights support four core policy recommendations:
FoodCorps’ recommendations are aligned with the conference’s pillars and include specific legislative and administrative actions necessary to bring them to fruition.
By being a Thrive Market member, you’re supporting our efforts to raise $10 million in healthy groceries for a better food future. Your paid membership also helps provide a free one for an individual or family in need as part of our Thrive Gives program.
One of FoodCorps’ priorities surrounding the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health is to place food educators in every school in America. To support that effort, you can sign their petition here. To stay updated on the latest from FoodCorps, including policy updates, sign up to receive alerts here.
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