With levels of malnutrition and dietary deprivation rising during the pandemic and subsequent economic crisis, the Rockefeller Foundation today released a call for action to change the U.S. food system to address urgent needs, while simultaneously putting about the structural changes needed to make the food system more robust, nourishing, safe and long-term egalitarian. Among the urgent measures advocated for by The Rockefeller Foundation are: ensuring that school meal services have the opportunity to serve all students, whether their schools are open or closed, and incorporating state and local food networks in funding initiatives that concentrate on African, Aboriginal and colour populations that have been struck hardest by the pandemic’s consequences.
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The Rockefeller Foundation today published its new report called “Reset the Table: Meeting the Time to Change the U.S. Food System”. In addition to urgent measures. The paper outlines three important, long-term changes. That the U.S. Food System has to move toward: an effective nutrition management system; reinvigorated regional programs to help align the national food system.
The USDA had estimated 37 million people in the US suffered with malnutrition before the pandemic. Last month the Northwestern Institute for Policy Research estimated that food poverty has doubled overall and tripled among households with children since the pandemic started. The disparity in Black and Hispanic households has become even more pronounced, with the rise in food deprivation for Black households twice the rate as for white households.
When the poverty and obesity crisis intensified this spring. The Rockefeller Foundation hosted a series of interactive round-tables and other meetings. Between activists for social justice, climate, wellness and obesity. With more than 100 leaders and experts including growers to food industry executives. The talks focused on what we learnt about the U.S. Food system during Covid-19. Including the structural, institutional problems that impact the responsiveness of the system to the pandemic and how those problems can be addressed.