A new plan to end hunger is taking shape as millions of Americans face food insecurity daily. According to the FDA, one in ten households struggled with food insecurity in 2021, which means they did not know where to get the next meal. To fight this, the Biden Administration announced plans to end hunger in America by 2030. For the first time in more than 50 years, The White House is hosting a conference on hunger and health in The United States. The last meeting, which President Richard Nixon held in 1969, expanded food stamps programs and laid the groundwork to establish the Women, Infants, and Children’s (WIC) program that provides food assistance for more than half of babies born today.
“In every country in the world and in every state in this country – no matter what else divides us – if parents cannot feed their children, nothing else matters.”
Expanding SNAP to end hunger
It is no secret that inflation is hitting everyone hard. The President’s plan to end hunger comes as hunger and food insecurity reach record heights. Under the plan, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits would expand. Also, children would have better access to free meals, and summer would be extended to more children. The Associated Press reports the latter portions of the plan released by the White House requires congressional approval.
Furthermore, the plan to end hunger in America includes the development of packaging that fact-checks claims of healthy products. SNAP benefits will consist of more fruits and vegetables and more health education will be included. Specifically, the plan will turn to new ways to encourage more people to exercise. This program aims to reduce the number of Americans suffering from obesity, diabetes, hypertension, etc. It also calls for expanding Medicaid and Medicare access to obesity and nutrition counseling.
Navigate Gives Back Grants
Navigate Affordable Housing Partners is working to help in the fight to end hunger and food insecurity in the communities we serve. Navigate’s corporate headquarters are in Birmingham, Alabama, where many neighborhoods have limited access to healthy food. Navigate partners with other non-profits like Magic City Harvest and The Daniel Payne Legacy Village Foundation to ensure access to healthy foods is possible in areas where often that is not an option. Navigate Gives Back awards grants to agencies to fight hunger and food insecurity and to help with other critical needs like affordable housing.
The 2022 application process is now open through 4 PM Friday, September 30, 2022. You can check your nonprofit’s eligibility here.