THE NEW YORK TIMES, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2020 Y A
The food insecurity crisis is accelerating. Now, in the
midst of a global pandemic, our nation and the world
are desperately in need of systemic change.
But people need more than access to food: They
need access to nutritious food. Without it, we are
all left exposed to the threats of malnutrition — from
nutritional deficiency to obesity — that jeopardize
our ability to learn, to prosper, to live healthy lives,
and to thrive.
These are not isolated issues that impact only the most
vulnerable among us. These are collective,
societal problems with deep roots in economic and
social inequality. Every one of us will feel the ripple
effects of this crisis, from increasing health care costs
to declining economic mobility. With nearly one in
three people already suffering from at least one form
of malnutrition, we can no longer afford to continue
business as usual. To make real progress, each one of
us must do our part: in every region, every city, every
community — and leave no one behind.
The Healthy Living Coalition will drive progress under
the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
with a focus on Goal 2: Zero Hunger.
We are private- and nonprofit-sector leaders joining
forces alongside experts and new voices from
business, science, and local communities to tackle
nutrition gaps, improve food systems, and combat
food insecurity. Together, we will amplify our individual
action into collective impact.
Our focus is twofold:
Make good food available to all — by investing in
solutions that improve access to affordable nutrition,
partnering with organizations on the front lines, and
creating new infrastructure to support underserved
communities. Make good food a priority for all — by
providing nutrition education and resources for
healthy living to people in need, and by partnering
with companies to create systemic change, inviting
everyone to be part of the solution.
This is a big issue, and we know we can’t solve it
alone. But we know that together, we can share ideas,
accelerate solutions, and scale our commitments to
positively impact people in need around the world.
We are the Healthy Living Coalition. Not only food,
but nourishment. Not only action, but collective
Tonight,690 million690 millionpeople around the world
could go to sleep without a meal.
Tomorrow, it might be more.