The National Milk Producers Federation is taking an active role to promote affordable and nutritious foods in the Biden administration’s upcoming Hunger Conference.  The federation recently led 11 national agricultural, anti-hunger, nutrition and medical groups in a virtual listening session.  The goal was to inspire the administration to place a high priority on access to affordable, diverse and nutritious foods at the conference.

Claudia Larson, Senior Director of Government Relations at the Milk Producers Federation, says the listening session was a joint effort to shine a spotlight on nutrition.

"We, as the industry, but also partnering with different nutritional organizations across the country are looking to increase consumption of nutritious foods, like dairy, like eggs, like the fresh fruits and vegetables," said Larson.

A wide range of interest groups took part in the session, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, Feeding America and the International Fresh Produce Association.  Larson said the session was an effort to showcase affordable, nutritious foods for the White House.

"There are lots of things that we know the White House is considering when it comes to drafting strategies for the nation to address nutrition insecurity," Larsson said. "And we want to make sure that increasing real access, and increasing real choice is prioritized in that strategy."

The Milk Producers Federation said the listening session was aimed at influencing the White House’s effort to not only end hunger, but also increase healthy eating and physical activity.  The White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health takes place in September.


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