ADVISORY: Sec. Tom Vilsack to Discuss Hunger, Obesity, and Food Literacy in the United States

Washington D.C. – On April 9,  Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will deliver remarks at the Center for American Progress on hunger, obesity, and food literacy in the United States.  Fifty million Americans, or one in six Americans, struggle to put food on the table. At the same time, more than two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese. The statistics are shocking enough, but even more alarming is when you consider that behind each of these numbers is a family struggling to make ends meet, a child who goes to school without receiving proper nutrition, a young person at risk for obesity-related health problems, and a senior who must choose between purchasing healthy food or medication.

Join this session to hear panelists discuss how hunger, obesity, and nutrition are interrelated, and how the government, nonprofit sector, and private industry are working together to improve food literacy in this country.


Introductory remarks:
Neera Tanden, President and CEO, Center for American Progress

Distinguished panelists:
Melissa Boteach, Director, Poverty and Prosperity Program, Center for American Progress
Duke Storen, Director, Partner Impact, Share Our Strength
Andrea Thomas, Senior Vice President, Sustainability, Wal-Mart

Moderated by:
Winnie Stachelberg, Executive Vice President, External Affairs, Center for American Progress

Closing Remarks:
Secretary Tom Vilsack, Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture


April 9, 2013
9:00am ET – 10:30am ET
Breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m.


Center for American Progress
1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor
Washington, DC 20005


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