What's Next? One Month After The White House Conference
On Tuesday, October 25, at 3:00 p.m. ET, food policy experts discuss the near and not-so-near future of food in the United States in a free public webinar, What's Next? One Month After The White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, presented by HRN in partnership with The Food Voice and National Food Museum, with sponsorship by The Institute for Social Innovation at Babson College.
In 1969, the outcome of the first White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, and Health led to a major expansion of federal food programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Women, Infants, and Children program (WIC). At the second White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health in September of 2022, the Biden-Harris Administration introduced a national agenda with an ambitious goal: end hunger and increase healthy eating and physical activity in the U.S. by 2030.
In What's Next? One Month After The White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, watch the discussion between experts and join in with an audience Q&A as authorities in food policy evaluate the national agenda and assess the goals laid out by the 2022 conference.
The expert panel includes Jim McGovern, Massachusetts Congressman; Dr. Marion Nestle, Food Politics author and policy watchdog; Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, Dean of Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy; and Kirsten Sáenz Tobey, Co-Founder and Chief Impact Officer of Revolution Foods. Louisa Kasdon, host of Let's Talk About Food and President of The Food Voice, and Dr. Michael Jacobson, Co-Founder of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) and Founder of National Food Museum, moderate this in-depth look at the future of food and food policy in the U.S.
About The Food Voice: The Food Voice is a nonprofit organization with a mission to convene, connect, educate and advance the community on food issues in our contemporary world.
About National Food Museum: National Food Museum is a nonprofit with a mission to educate children and adults about the importance of food and agriculture to health, the environment, and culture while inspiring them to eat healthier diets and help solve food-related problems.
What's Next? Moderators:
Louisa Kasdon has done it all. Owned restaurants and closed three restaurants. (She calls herself a restaurant industry dropout.). Been an editor and written over 500 published articles and columns on food, and on food people. Created hundreds of large and small-scale public events to engage the community around all aspects of food. For the past 10 years she has been listening to and recording hundreds of people’s food stories. At outdoor festivals, in small rooms, on street corners, and in major museums. Why? Because when someone shares a food story with you, you open the window into their truest, most honest self.
Louisa lives in Boston and is a graduate of Wellesley College, MIT, and the Wharton School. But she admits that what she does every day uses absolutely nothing she learned in school, other than punctuation and spelling.
Michael F. Jacobson, PhD
Founder of National Food Museum
Michael is the co-founder and past executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a nonprofit health-advocacy organization. Michael led CSPI’s campaigns on sugary drinks, salt, trans fat, and food additives. Under his leadership, CSPI played key roles in passing legislation and regulations mandating Nutrition Facts labels and calorie counts on chain-restaurant menus, improving food safety and school foods, banning trans fat, defining “organic,” and setting targets to lower sodium.
Michael has written books, reports, and scientific papers, including Salt Wars: The Battle Over the Biggest Killer in the American Diet, Six Arguments for a Greener Diet, and Liquid Candy: How Soft Drinks are Harming Americans’ Health. Jacobson received the 2010 Hero Award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation and the American Public Health Association’s 2011 David P. Rall Award for Advocacy in Public Health. Michael continued his interest in educating the public about pressing food-related problems, including chronic diseases and climate change, by founding National Food Museum.
What's Next? Panelists:
Jim McGovern (D-MA)
Congressman, 2nd District of Massachusetts
Born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts, Jim has been committed to public service since he was in his teens. From volunteering in the 1972 presidential campaign to being elected to Congress in 1996, Jim has worked tirelessly for the people of Massachusetts guided by a firm belief in fairness, decency, respect for all people, and the idea that each of us has an obligation to give back to our community. He has earned the respect and trust of his colleagues and was named Chairman of the House Rules Committee during the 116th Congress and is a senior member of the House Committee on Agriculture’s Subcommittee on Nutrition and Oversight.
He created the McGovern-Dole Food for Education program, which provides nutritious meals in a school setting to nearly 9 million of the world’s poorest children, and ensured that federal aid is available for family farms via economic injury disaster loans in addition to standard disaster assistance.
Marion Nestle, MPH, PhD
Author, Professor, and Food Policy Expert
Marion is the Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, Emerita, at New York University in the department she chaired from 1988-2003 and from which she retired in September 2017. She earned a PhD in molecular biology and an MPH in public health nutrition from the University of California, Berkeley.
She is the author, co-author, or co-editor of fourteen books, several of them prize-winning, most notably Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health; Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety; Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics, with Dr. Malden Nesheim; Eat, Drink Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics; Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning), and most recently a memoir, Slow Cooked: An Unexpected Life in Food Politics. She blogs daily at foodpolitics.com.
Dariush Mozaffarian, MD, DrPH
Dean of Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
Dariush Mozaffarian is a cardiologist, Special Advisor to the Provost, Dean for Policy, and Jean Mayer Professor at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy; and Professor of Medicine at Tufts School of Medicine. Dariush is focusing on the translation and dissemination of scientific evidence into public awareness, policy, and innovation, including informing the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health. His work aims to create the science and translation for a food system that is nutritious, equitable, and sustainable.
Dariush has authored more than 500 scientific publications on dietary priorities for obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases, and on evidence-based policy approaches and innovations to reduce diet-related diseases in the US and globally. Thomson Reuters has named him as one of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds.
Kirsten Sáenz Tobey
Co-Founder and Chief Impact Officer of Revolution Foods
Kirsten Sáenz Tobey co-founded Revolution Foods in 2006 while in graduate school at University of California Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Revolution Foods’ mission is to build lifelong healthy eaters by making kid-inspired, chef-crafted food accessible to all. From its start in Oakland, California, Revolution Foods has gained national recognition for its innovative approach to school food. Revolution Foods, now over $100 million in revenue, serves over 1 million healthy, affordable meals per week and is the leading school food provider in California. Currently, Kirsten oversees the menu, nutrition, and product strategy for the company as well as stewarding mission and impact for the company. Kirsten also leads the B Corp certification process for the company and led the company’s effort to convert to a Public Benefit Corporation.