As the White House launches an aggressive goal to eradicate hunger in the U.S. by 2030, and AgriNovus Indiana hopes to play a part in the solution. The nonprofit organization was invited to the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health where President Biden unveiled a five-pillar strategy to eliminate hunger and reduce diet-related disease within the decade.
On the next episode of Agbioscience, the podcast presented by AgriNovus, USDA Deputy Under Secretary for USDA’s Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Stacy Dean discussed the campaign.
“As the President said, ‘this problem is not too big for our country.’ This is the United States of America, and we can solve both hunger and diet related disease. And I’m pumped, these problems are big and important,” said Dean to podcast host and AgriNovus Chief Executive Officer Mitch Frazier.
The anti-hunger campaign has five pillars: improve food access and affordability, integrate nutrition and health, empower consumers to make and have access to healthy choices, support physical activity, and enhance nutrition and food security research.
“We want to galvanize public support and set us on our way for solving this problem,” said Dean.
Using tech to connect populations facing food-insecurity to high-quality nutrition is a problem AgriNovus has set out to solve. In July, it announced Bloomington-based Civic Champs the winner of the inaugural HungerTech Innovation Challenge.
The competition sought innovators to develop technologies and profitable business models to improve access to nutrition for food-insecure Americans who are enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
“Building solutions that are at the intersection of bringing our communities together through volunteerism while solving the serious challenges that face our friends and neighbors is what excites and motivates our team,” said Geng Wang, chief executive officer of Civic Champs.