Headline RoundupSeptember 28th, 2022

Biden Announces Plan to End Hunger in US by 2030

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President Joe Biden announced a new plan to end hunger and reduce obesity in the U.S. by 2030 at a Wednesday gathering of civic, business and philanthropic leaders. 

Biden’s plan is backed by $8 billion in private and public sector funding, including $2.5 billion for food access start-up businesses and $4 billion for philanthropies to improve food access, promote healthy diets and encourage exercise. As part of the effort, the Food and Drug Administration will propose a standardized front-of-package nutrition labeling system. The Biden administration also plans to expand SNAP benefits and free school meals. However, some analysts cited by Politico (Lean Left bias) questioned whether a Republican-controlled House of Representatives would pass any legislation contributing to Biden’s plan. 

10.2% of U.S. households were “food insecure” in 2021, the U.S. Department of Agriculture found, meaning they “had difficulty at some time during the year providing enough food for all their members because of a lack of resources.” Biden’s conference is the first of its kind since former President Richard Nixon’s 1969 White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health.

Most major right-rated outlets did not cover Biden’s hunger plan on Wednsday, instead focusing on a moment where Biden appeared to think deceased Republican congresswoman Jackie Walorski was attending the conference; headlines often featured the quote, “Where’s Jackie?”. Coverage was common but not always prominently featured in left and center-rated outlets. 

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