Ahead of White House Summit, MAZON Urges ‘Systemic Change’

August 29, 2022

Washington, DC (August 29, 2022) — The White House today announced it will hold the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health on Sept. 28, 2022, the first such gathering in 50 years. The leading anti-hunger advocacy organization MAZON, which was a member of a conference advisory group and will participate in the event, said the Conference must confront the root causes of hunger and provide long-lasting solutions.

MAZON’s President & CEO Abby J. Leibman issued the following statement today:

“The White House Conference must address the systemic causes of deepening hunger and food insecurity in this country. That means first we must confront the stark realities of systemic racism and decades of discrimination around gender and immigration status. Only through open, serious, and robust dialogue can we pursue strategic, transformative solutions to these deep-rooted challenges plaguing our society. The Conference should underscore empathy and respect for the millions of Americans struggling with hunger and food insecurity. It must harness the vision, the creativity, and the innovation of those with lived experience, as well as researchers, advocates, and service providers across multiple disciplines to create meaningful strategies to ensure that food insecurity is a thing of the past in America.”