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Letter to the House Committee on Rules

On March 28, 2022, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a letter to Chairman McGovern, Ranking Member Cole, and distinguished members of the House Committee on Rules in support of the White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, Hunger, and Health.

Our nearly 25 years of research at Children’s HealthWatch strongly supports robust efforts to reduce food insecurity as a key mechanism for improving health beginning in the prenatal period and extending through adulthood. Children’s HealthWatch is a network of pediatricians, public health researchers, and child health and policy experts committed to advancing health equity for young children and families by informing policies that alleviate economic hardships, including food insecurity.

Reducing food insecurity is a critical public health and health equity issue. Enclosed with this letter are multiple studies documenting the importance of reducing food insecurity for improving health outcomes and lowering avoidable health care and other costs among children and adults. Also included are studies highlighting the interconnected nature of food insecurity to other hardships and the important role federal policies play in reducing food insecurity and promoting health. The full letter summarizes key findings from each study.