Emhoff to announce $1.7B in pledges to help US President Biden meet goal of ending hunger by 2030

Vice President Kamala Harris’ husband Doug Emhoff announces $1.7 billion in commitments from more than 140 health care systems, insurers and others to help President Joe Biden achieve his goal of ending hunger by 2030.

WASHINGTON — The Harlem Globetrotters will lead a national awareness campaign on the connection between diet and physical activity. Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina will make nutrition coaching and a healthy food delivery program a standard benefit for members. Sixteen U.S. cities will create task forces or develop action plans to end hunger and reduce food-related diseases by 2030.

The initiatives are among more than 140 commitments from health care systems, insurance companies, nonprofits, philanthropies, local governments and others contributing to the White House challenge to end hunger and build healthy communities.

Doug Emhoff, the husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, announced the $1.7 billion in new commitments at the White House on Tuesday, along with chef Jose Andres and WNBA player Elena Delle Donne, and administration officials. Andres and Delle Donne chair the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition, an advisory body that promotes healthy eating and exercise.

The new commitments are in addition to the $8 billion in commitments announced in September 2022 at the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health. At the conference, President Joe Biden announced his goal of ending hunger and reducing diet-related diseases by 2030, while reducing health disparities.

About 12.8% of U.S. households, or about 17 million, did not have enough money or other resources to obtain enough food in 2022, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service. That was an increase from 10.2% in 2021.

The new commitments follow Emhoff’s announcement earlier in February that more than a dozen sports leagues and player associations, from the NFL to the PGA Tour, have pledged to provide more opportunities for people to be physically active and learn about nutrition and hiring practices. a healthy lifestyle.