Hunger to Health in COVID and Beyond: Food Policy as Health Policy
Hunger to Health in COVID and Beyond: Food Policy as Health Policy was held on October 5th and 6th, 2020 hosted by The Hunger to Health Collaboratory (H2HC) and sponsored by Stop and Shop and Bloomberg Philanthropies. This year’s virtual convening celebrated the resilience and dedication of our communities and diverse leaders who are addressing the pandemic through the lens of systemic change. Echoed again and again throughout the convening, food insecurity and inadequate access to quality healthcare have long been serious issues, and the COVID-19 pandemic magnified these existing inequities.
This is our time to reimagine a world in which we prioritize health equity and food security and align with partners working towards a similar vision.
This is not a conversation that ends without action. As all of our panelists discussed, it is our shared responsibility to create systems that work for all of us– in times of abundance and scarcity. A part of H2HC’s mission to reduce the health consequences of hunger, convening and advocating for health equity and food security are core strategies that we carry forth during COVID and beyond. But there are other ways our partners, panelists, and audience can act, too.
1. VOTE! Get out there and vote for elected officials that advance health equity and food security. Before heading to the polls or mailing in that ballot, check out voter registration deadlines.
2. Share your priorities on Consider It. Used throughout the event, Consider It is a tool to continue the conversations initiated during the breakout sessions. The Hunger to Health Collaboratory will leverage your collective voices to generate a plan for 2021 that includes our corporate and nonprofit partners. Consider It also provides space for individuals to connect, so get social and get on Consider It!
3. Apply for the Mobilizing Healthcare for a Hunger Free Massachusetts Grant or an Innovation Grant. The Hunger to Health Collaboratory launched its second year of community grants. The applications close on October 23! You can find more information about the grant and eligibility for funding below.