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Addressing Food Insecurity and Poor Nutrition During COVID-19

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Due to COVID-19, individuals are facing unprecedented challenges in accessing affordable, nutritious foods. The economic downturn coupled with unanticipated job loss has forced millions of Americans to turn to food banks and food assistance programs, such as SNAP, for the first time ever. Concurrently, research shows that people with obesity and diet-related diseases like diabetes and cancer who contract COVID-19 have worse outcomes, further highlighting the importance of ensuring access to nutritious foods. As the pandemic and corresponding economic challenges continue, private sector investment and government leadership are critical.

Please join the Bipartisan Policy Center on October 14 as we explore public and private sector solutions to address food insecurity and improve diet quality during COVID-19.

Featured Participants

Special guests:

José Andrés
Founder, World Central Kitchen

Rep. Donald Bacon, R-NE
Representative of the 2nd District of Nebraska

Rep. Salud Carbajal, D-CA
Representative of the 24th District of California

Administrator Pam Miller
Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Panel discussion featuring:

Luis Guardia
President, Food Research & Action Center

Joni Holifield
Founder and President, HeartSmiles

Tom Stenzel
President and CEO, United Fresh Produce Association

John R. Tyson
Chief Sustainability Officer, Tyson Foods

Moderated by:

Dan Glickman
Former Agriculture Secretary; Co-Chair, SNAP Task Force, BPC

In light of restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, BPC events have shifted to all remote formats, such as video teleconferences or calls.

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