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Chairman McGovern Announces Roundtable Examining the Role Schools Play in Ending Hunger and Improving Nutrition

Ninth in a series of events examining the steps Congress and the Biden administration could take to finally end food insecurity in this country

WASHINGTON, DC — Rules Committee Chairman James P. McGovern (D-MA) today announced that the committee will be holding a roundtable examining the important role schools play in ending hunger on Wednesday, September 15th at 11:00 am EDT. The event is the ninth in a series of committee events highlighting the reality of food insecurity in America and examining the steps that Congress and the Biden administration could take to equitably combat it. Ending Hunger in America: The Role of Schools in Ending Hunger and Improving Nutrition follows the committee roundtable held last week, Ending Hunger in America: Hunger on College Campuses.

“School meals play a vital role in combating our nation’s child hunger crisis. The coronavirus pandemic shined a bright light on the fact that, for millions of students, schools are their only reliable source of food and nutrition. As the new academic year begins, now is the time to discuss the importance of these nutrition programs and examine ways to strengthen them as the committee works to end hunger and encourage the White House to hold a hunger conference,” said Chairman McGovern.  

Chairman McGovern recently asked Americans to share their experiences, research, and possible solutions to help guide the committee in this work. He has also called for a substantive, policy-focused White House hunger conference to create the roadmap to end hunger by 2030, which the United Nations has called for. 

Co-chair of the House Hunger Caucus, McGovern authored legislation which created the McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program. Now in its third decade, McGovern-Dole aims to provide at least one nutritious meal a day to some of the world’s most vulnerable children in a school setting. It has reduced the incidence of hunger among school-age children, increased school enrollments and attendance, and increased the support of families and communities for education. He also founded the bipartisan Food is Medicine working group in Congress to highlight how critical healthy meals are for American families.

What: Ending Hunger in America: The Role of Schools in Ending Hunger and Improving Nutrition

Who: 

  • Denise Forte, Interim CEO, The Education Trust
  • Chef Ann Cooper, President and Founder, Chef Ann Foundation
  • Stephen Ritz, Founder, Green Bronx Machine
  • Moses Thompson, Director, Community and School Garden Program, Manzo Elementary School
  • Barbara Duffield, Executive Director, Schoolhouse Connection
  • Reynaldo Green, VP of Nutrition and Family Well Being, Quality Care for Children

When: Wednesday, September 15th at 11:00 am EDT

Where: This proceeding will be streamed live on rules.house.gov via Cisco Webex

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