Good Food Dialogues Launches National Conversation on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health ahead of White House Conference
Led by Food Systems for the Future, Good Food Dialogues is uplifting the voices of diverse, community stakeholders and mobilizing change within the food system through local dialogues across the nation.
Today, Good Food Dialogues – in partnership with Global Citizen – launched a national series of listening sessions aimed at highlighting the food and nutrition challenges facing people and families across the country. Beginning on Thursday, August 25, there will be six hosted sessions throughout August and September. To complement the conversation series, Local Voices, an online forum, will allow the public to share their opinions, experiences, perspectives, and solutions related to nutrition and health disparities.
The themes, recommendations, and outcomes of the listening sessions and Local Voices contributions will be summarized into a public report submitted directly to the White House ahead of their September Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health. Following the Conference, the Good Food Dialogues website will remain active as a repository for the recommendations coming out of the Conference and as a tool for stakeholders to further collaborate on hunger, nutrition, and health policy actions.
Led by Food Systems for the Future, Good Food Dialogues is driving national efforts to energize and empower communities around grassroots solutions to the nation’s hunger crisis and improve federal policies to more equitably address the hunger and nutrition needs of underserved and low-income communities. Through Good Food Dialogues, Americans directly touched by hunger or working to improve local food systems will have the opportunity to inform a new national strategy for ending hunger as we know it.
Engaged citizens and stakeholders across the country are also encouraged to host their own Local Dialogues within their communities and local networks to help mobilize continued action and engagement.
“Through our Good Food Dialogues and Local Voices, we are bringing together those living with hunger and diet related disease with community leaders and advocates who are working across the nation on improving local food systems and driving forward a new national food policy strategy to end hunger,” says Ertharin Cousin, Food Systems for the Future founder, and former World Food Programme Executive Director. “We know that the real work happens within communities; so, it only makes sense that innovation and good solutions will come from those very same communities. The White House Conference is just the beginning for Good Food Dialogues and Local Voices – this partnership and platform will live on to help stakeholders within the food system learn from each other and mobilize to address America’s hunger challenges.”
Good Food Dialogues partners include Global Citizen, World Central Kitchen, Hunger Free America, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, The Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, PepsiCo Foundation, Growing Hope Globally, and the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger & Poverty.