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Ending Hunger and Advancing Nutrition: Lived Experience Perspectives

RESEARCH Policy Brief by Gloria Dabek , Samanta Dunford , Priya Fielding-Singh , and Peggy Tsai Yih
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Accessing and affording healthy food is a challenge for many Americans. In collaboration with World Central Kitchen, the Council provides domestic policy recommendations.

Today, soaring costs of living and spiraling inflation have made accessing and affording healthy food a challenge for many Americans. In June 2022, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs partnered with World Central Kitchen and Auburn University’s Hunger Solutions Institute to conduct listening sessions in three locations across the country to inform policy recommendations for the 2022 White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health. The sessions focused on learning directly from individuals with lived experiences of hunger and food insecurity to explicitly center and prioritize their voices and perspectives in policy conversations.

This brief presents key learnings from the listening sessions and connects them with seven actionable policy recommendations. These recommendations include:

  1. Addressing root causes of hunger
  2. Better coordinating federal resources
  3. Reducing barriers to federal assistance
  4. Adding federal benefits to address current challenges
  5. Increasing affordability and availability of fresh fruits and vegetables
  6. Improving food recovery
  7. Supporting communities with targeted food assistance

Underlying all of these recommendations is the understanding that hunger, nutrition, and health issues are deeply intertwined with several key environmental and social determinants—including but not limited to poverty, structural racism, housing, healthcare, economic security, education, and transportation—that help drive significant disparities in individuals’, families’, and communities’ experiences of food insecurity, nutrition, and diet-related diseases.

About the Authors
Gloria Dabek
Former Assistant Director, Government Relations
Gloria Dabek was formerly the assistant director of government relations within the Center on Global Food and Agriculture. While at the Council, she developed publications oriented toward policy solutions for global food and agriculture challenges and lead outreach and education to both congressional offices and the administration.
Samanta Dunford
Former Research Assistant, Center on Global Food and Agriculture
Samanta Dunford joined the Council in 2021 to support research and policy activities including engagement with key stakeholders in Washington, D.C.
Priya Fielding-Singh
Nonresident Fellow, Global Food and Agriculture
Dr. Priya Fielding-Singh is pictured from the shoulders up wearing a yellow sweater standing in front of a green background. She looks into the camera smiling.
Dr. Priya Fielding-Singh is a sociologist and Senior Manager of Research and Education at the Sandberg Goldberg Bernthal Family Foundation. Her research and writing examine issues of economic, gender and racial justice, with a focus on food and nutrition equity alongside maternal and child health.
Dr. Priya Fielding-Singh is pictured from the shoulders up wearing a yellow sweater standing in front of a green background. She looks into the camera smiling.
Peggy Tsai Yih
Former Managing Director, Center on Global Food and Agriculture
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Peggy Tsai Yih led the Council’s continued work on global food and nutrition security and in advancing a more sustainable and resilient food system. She has 20 years of experience in food, agriculture, and natural resource policy, with nearly 15 years at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, DC.
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