Methodist in the Media

Methodist Joins Organizations Forming National Strategy To End Hunger

Published: Sept. 29, 2022

Ending hunger is such an enormous idea that it might be considered fantasy. And yet the White House has a plan, starting with $8 billion in commitments from private companies, charitable foundations and industry groups.

Methodist Health System was among the organizations across the nation providing public input to inform this national strategy through brainstorming sessions. Students in need of food were just part of what their research showed.

Food insecurity in younger people and working families, food waste, and the need for nutrition literacy and consumer choices were a few suggestions participants offered.

“Just having the conversations is step one, and I think just highlighting the need to hold this conference that hasn’t been held in over 50 years is one step forward in the right direction,” Methodist Healthy System clinical nutritionist Julie Juddi said. “The last one was held in 1969, and according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics it led to the creation and expansion of programs like SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also Women, Infants and Children (WIC), and then the national school breakfast and lunch programs.”

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