Bree Orchard: McGovern's Leadership on Health Needs

Posted: 11/16/2021 20:28:33 PM As a Registered Dietitian, I want to thank U.S. Representative Jim McGovern for leading legislative ...



Posted: 11/16/2021 20:28:33 PM

As a Registered Dietitian, I want to thank U.S. Representative Jim McGovern for leading legislative efforts to convene a National White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, Hunger and Health. As one of his constituents, I have followed his leadership since I moved to Massachusetts in 2019. His passion for tackling food insecurity and health disparities has made him endearing to members of the dietetic profession and others who are concerned about access to safe and nutritious food and to adequate and equitable health services.

During my graduate studies, I was a teaching assistant for a community nutrition course, where I led the SNAP challenge. This allowed us to see how difficult it is to live only on SNAP benefits. Research has shown that these benefits are too low to fully meet our nutritional needs, which is why Representative McGovern’s call to increase these benefits is something I immensely admire.

According to “Feeding America,” Massachusetts experienced a 59% increase in food insecurity between 2020 and 2021: the largest percentage increase in the country. The pandemic has exposed weak links in the supply chain of available emergency food, and going forward, our state needs voices like that of Representative McGovern to increase awareness of the hunger that exists within us.

The first and only White House Conference on Food, Nutrition and Health was held in 1969. Now is a great time to host an updated event and meet the nutritional health needs of all. Americans.

U.S. Representative Jim McGovern from District 2 will be there.

Bree Orchard

Amherst



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