Food Fueled My Mind. He’s the co-founder of the Roots, but that’s only one course of his daily meal: Food fueled his childhood in Philadelphia, his years playing music on the road, countless hours in the studio, and continues to inspire his creativity, whether he’s sitting behind the drum kit or writing a New York Times Bestseller.
Our country has more than enough food for everyone. With the right structure of policies in place — from school meals and federal nutrition programs to a Farm Bill that works for all Americans — we can create, protect, and share this abundance, so every American, at every stage of life’s journey, can count on the healthy food they need to thrive.
But here’s the problem: Over the years, our nation’s food system has veered off course from its primary mission of fueling our people and our communities. Over 41 million Americans aren’t getting enough healthy food to eat.
When people miss meals, it affects their health, their education, and their ability to contribute. It affects all of us, and it holds back our nation’s potential. When America’s wellbeing is powered up with healthy food and sound nutrition, it powers all of us forward to amazing things…
In 2013, the acclaimed documentary A Place At The Table explored how we got here, and what it would take to solve the root causes of hunger in America.
We know it’s possible because America all but eliminated hunger in the recent past: As recently as the 1970s, media images of American hunger inspired the public to demand change. Our nation’s leaders came together to modernize and enhance the networks that connect all of us to the nutrition and hunger was all but eradicated in the U.S.
Our leaders used smart policy to make sure people could access federal nutrition programs. They expanded school lunches and meals for pregnant women, infants and young children. They took action because they knew the whole country would benefit from everyone meeting their potential.
Unfortunately, we’ve fallen behind since then.
In big cities and small towns in every corner of the country, thousands of Americans who watched A Place at the Table approached us with a question: We want change. Where can we sign up?
This reaction inspired us to create a new resource for Americans. A place where you can have a real impact on this issue.
We believe in the power of the public’s voice for change. Our leaders responded when our country made it a priority once before. Our goal is to harness the same public will that worked then and catalyze a rebuilding of a policy framework that ensures nutrition for all today.
Our leaders will only act if they learn hunger and food insecurity is a high priority for their voters.
So let’s tell them. That’s where you come in. Sign up here, to learn how your voice can help bring about real change.
“Let’s fuel the potential of every child.”