As organizations deeply committed to the education, health, and wellbeing of our nation’s students, we were excited to learn about the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health in September 2022. We view this Conference as an exciting and transformational opportunity to address food insecurity, and we share your goal to end our nation’s hunger crisis by 2030. In order to meet that goal, it is essential to prioritize students, particularly those most at-risk of hunger and food insecurity, including students of color, students from low-income backgrounds, and students with disabilities. We respectfully encourage your administration to include a sixth Pillar emphasizing the critical role that schools play in addressing student hunger and nutrition. We also urge your administration to not only solicit feedback and input from stakeholders with expertise in education-related disciplines, but also to ensure that students, families, educators, practitioners, and other stakeholders are present and involved in the Conference itself.
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