50th Anniversary of Ground-Breaking White House Food Conference


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 16, 2019                            


Nicole Aber, (914) 263-0013


Congressman McGovern, Leading Hunger, Food, and Health Experts to Mark 50th Anniversary of Ground-Breaking White House Food Conference

*Per Congressional Ethics Rules, this will be a widely-attended event*


Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA), Chair, Rules Committee,

Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian (Dean, Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy)

Joel Berg (CEO, Hunger Free America)

Michael J. Wilson (Director, Maryland Hunger Solutions)

Dr. Eileen Kennedy (Professor, Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy)

G. William Hoagland (Senior Vice President, Bipartisan Policy Center)

Marshall Matz (Attorney; former counsel to the Senate Select Committee on Nutrition)

Dr. Walter Willett (Professor, Harvard, the Chan School of Public Health)

Brooks Tingle (President and CEO, John Hancock Life Insurance)

Pam Schwartz (Senior Director, Community Health Impact and Learning, Kaiser Permanente)

Stacy Dean (Vice President for Food Assistance Policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)


In 1969, President Richard Nixon held the first – and, to date only – White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, and Health, which resulted in major advances in U.S. hunger reduction and nutrition improvement. As a follow-up to the Boston anniversary conference earlier this month, on October 30th in two back-to-back panel discussions (one on public health and one on domestic hunger), some of the nation’s top experts on health, hunger, and nutrition will discuss what has improved since 1969, as well as what challenges remain and how they should best be addressed in the future.  The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. A ten minute historical video, including a portion of Nixon’s talk at the original conference, will be shown at the start of this event. RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/washington-dc-event-50th-anniversary-white-house-conference-on-food-nutrition-and-health-tickets-76124681973


Wednesday, October 30th, 2019, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. EST


Rayburn House Office Building (Room 2060), 202 Independence Ave SW, Washington


According to USDA, in 2018 37.2 million Americans, including 11.1 million children, lived in food insecure households, unable to afford a consistent supply of food. Poor diet is the leading cause of mortality in the United States, causing more than half a million deaths per year. Just 10 dietary factors are estimated to cause nearly 1,000 deaths every day from heart disease, stroke and diabetes alone.  These panels will:     

  1. Reflect on the successes of the 1969 White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, and Health and the policies enacted in its wake;
  2. Survey the current state of new food and nutrition challenges and associated policies in the U.S. for health, hunger, food justice, and sustainability; and
  3. Outline the policy solutions for the future, including actions for the healthcare system, government strategies, food environment, business innovation, sustainability, food security, and food justice.

50th Anniversary Conference Partnership Circle: In the spirit of the original White House Conference, which brought together over 3,000 individuals from academia, government, medicine, industry, consumer groups, and social action organizations to deliberate and craft an agenda, we have assembled a diverse Conference Partnership Circle to support our event and shape our concurrent policy recommendations. Partners are listed here: https://sites.tufts.edu/foodnutritionandhealth2019/