Partnership for a Healthier America Commits to Providing 50 Million Servings of Vegetables, Legumes, and Fruits to Food Insecure Families
The commitment is part of the United Nations Food Systems Summit and PHA’s broader effort to fight for food equity in the United States
Washington, DC – Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), the premier national nonprofit working to transform the food landscape in pursuit of food equity, will provide 50 million additional servings of vegetables, fruits and legumes in disadvantaged communities across the country.
“Our commitment is part of PHA’s broader effort to meaningfully shift the food supply available in disadvantaged communities as we work to improve food equity across the country,” said Nancy E. Roman, President & CEO of PHA. “By collaborating with other global leaders through the UN Food Systems Summit, our collective impact on hunger, health, and the planet is greater than it could or would be on our own.”
The work involves partnership with eight companies, 30 community non profits, eight foundations and other non profits including the YMCA, World Health Organization (WHO), World Food Program (WFP), and others, compelled by a sweeping effort by the United Nations to jump start action that improves the global food system and makes it more effective in reducing hunger, and building planetary and human health.
The United Nations Food Systems Summit, which elicited this commitment and hundreds of others will take place virtually from New York, NY, on Thursday, September 23. “We called for action, and this is action,” said Dr. Agnes Kalibata, UN Special Envoy to the 2021 Food Systems Summit. “PHA is working with companies, foundations and community-led nonprofits to make a difference.”
PHA’s commitment stands alongside other commitments made ahead of the Summit by governments, organizations, and leaders from all over the world to build a healthier, more sustainable and equitable food system. The Summit will be just the beginning of a sweeping, global effort to better leverage the food system to end hunger, build health and to reduce carbon emissions.
Through innovative programs like Good Food for All and by working with companies, foundations, and local community organizations, PHA plans to fulfill its commitment over the next five years. This is an expansion of PHA’s work that began in 2020, which has already provided more than 15 million servings of fruits in vegetables to thousands of families in 22 communities across the country.
Good Food for All gives families 50 servings of fruits and vegetables weekly for 12 weeks, providing each family member with at least two servings of produce per day. The program aims to bring nutritious food to families in need while creating longer term, sustained access to affordable produce in retail.
PHA envisions a world where every family and every person in the United States has ready and affordable access to good food and has launched a pledge in conjunction with the commitment to demand food equity.
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The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), founded in partnership with Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign in 2010, is the premier national nonprofit working to transform the food landscape in pursuit of health equity. PHA seeks partnerships that have the greatest potential to reduce health disparities. We do this using evidence-based approaches that drive systemic access to better food. In a decade of work, we have partnered with more than 300 corporations, convenience store chains, and distributors, hospitals, early childhood education centers, and SNAP-Ed implementing agencies, among others, in pursuit of our vision that all children grow up healthy and free from obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic conditions.
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