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Biden Turns to Companies on Hunger to Bypass Impasse in Congress

Sept. 29, 2022, 9:00 AM

Promises from food companies and nonprofits were front and center at the White House’s first summit on hunger in over 50 years.

The commitments on Wednesday underscore the Biden administration’s reliance on the private sector to meet its goals of ending hunger by 2030 and prompting healthier eating habits. Federal policy changes such as free school meals and expanded nutrition assistance have faced gridlock in Congress.

Policymakers at Wednesday’s conference emphasized the private-sector commitments from companies such as Publix Super Markets Inc., which pledged to donate $3.9 million to food banks.

“What you’re going to see is a shift,” ...