The pandemic, BLM, #MeToo -- calls for equity have become louder and more insistent across America recently. The Partnership for a Healthier America envisions a world where every person has an equitable opportunity for education, employment and well-being. There cannot, however, be real equity in our country without Health Equity. And, there cannot be Health Equity without Food Equity. PHA’s vision is that EVERY family, EVERY person, in the United States has ready and affordable access to good food. We believe this is at the core of Food Equity.
Unfortunately, some Americans have access to an abundance of good food while more than 19 million other Americans, primarily those with low-income and people of color, live in a city or or town where good food is either too hard to reach, too expensive, or the produce for sale is scarce or nonexistent.
Improving Food Equity in America will yield innumerable social benefits for everyone, but especially for communities of color striving for better health and well being. Let’s begin with diet-related diseases, including obesity, hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers. One of the key reasons these diseases are diminishing the quality of life as well as killing more Americans than ever before is a lack of Food Equity. The pandemic has laid bare for everyone to see and understand the devastating consequences of continued inaction on Food Equity. We see families and entire communities broken when loved ones are disabled or die from preventable disease. Our healthcare system is buckling under pressure caused by diet-related diseases. They exacerbate economic inequalities and contribute to achievement gaps at all levels of education.
That is why PHA is taking action to transform our food system every day through our programs and partnerships, all in pursuit of Food Equity.
We seek out, incorporate, and elevate the voices of families who lack access to good food to leaders in their community and in business, and PHA’s programs.
PHA works with companies, other nonprofits (including more than 50 food banks), foundations and civic society to close the gaps in our food system to meet the demand for good food that we know is there.
The pandemic has made clear that we must improve Health Equity in this country and that will not happen until we improve Food Equity. This is PHA’s priority. Join us today and sign our pledge to Fight for Food Equity in America.
We clearly do not have the luxury of waiting any longer. We must act today.
"Food equity means everyone should have access to healthy, affordable food"
- Michelle Obama, Honorary PHA Chair
Millions of Americans - including children - lack access to affordable, good food. As a result, millions suffer from preventable, diet-related diseases. Your donation to PHA helps ensure all families have access to good food.