2019 Boston Conference

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the first – and still only – 1969 White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, and Health.  Commissioned by President Richard Nixon and chaired by Dr. Jean Mayer, the conference sparked crucial progress in U.S. food and nutrition policy focused on hunger, changing the national landscape and conversation.

Our food system and the associated challenges have changed dramatically in the past 50 years.  Major issues include obesity and other diet-related chronic diseases, rising healthcare costs, continuing food insecurity and growing disparities, and challenges to sustainability.

To honor the 50th Anniversary of the White House Conference and, importantly, look ahead to the current challenges and potential solutions, the Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy at Tufts University and the Nutrition Department at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health are hosting an anniversary symposium.

Through a series of panel discussions and keynote speakers, the 50th Anniversary symposium will:

  1. Reflect on the successes of the 1969 White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, and Health and the policies enacted in its wake.
  2. Survey the current state of new food and nutrition challenges and associated policies in the U.S. for health, food justice, and sustainability.
  3. Outline the policy solutions for the future, including actions for the healthcare system, government strategies, food environment, business innovation, sustainability, and food justice.

We look forward to your joining us as we celebrate and reflect on the landmark 1969 Conference, discuss current challenges and opportunities in nutrition policy, and outline a vision for specific actions to move forward.

2019 Washington DC Event

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be complementing our Boston conference (October 3-4) with a Washington DC event on October 30th from 2-4pm, sponsored by Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA) in collaboration with Hunger Free America.

The Washington DC event will have a deeper focus on hunger and food justice, as well as health and sustainability. It will celebrate the 1969 White House Conference’s success in reducing hunger and malnutrition in the US in the years following the original conference, recognize individuals and groups who have continued to fight for an end to food insecurity, and discuss scientific evidence for new solutions for the future.

We hope this event will be a chance to continue discussions started at our Boston conference and engage stakeholders on Capitol Hill.

Mark your calendars and stay tuned for updates on speakers, panels, and specific location.

Conference Partners

Conference Sponsors


*The October 3-4 event is made possible with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The views expressed at this event do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation. 

Conference Partnership Circle

In the spirit of the original White House Conference which brought together over 3,000 individuals from academia, government, medicine, industry, consumer groups, and social action organizations to deliberate and craft an agenda, we are assembling a diverse Conference Partnership Circle to support our event and shape our concurrent policy recommendations.

Our growing list of Conference Partnership Circle Members:

  • American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
  • American Diabetes Association
  • American Heart Association
  • American Public Health Association
  • Bipartisan Policy Center
  • Center for Science in the Public Interest
  • Climate Reality
  • Community Servings
  • Culinary Institute of America
  • Duke Global Health Institute
  • Duke World Food Policy Center
  • Feed the Truth
  • Food Policy Action
  • Food Tank
  • FoodCorps
  • Foodicine Health
  • The Harkin Institute at Drake University
  • Harvard Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation
  • Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic
  • Hunger Free America
  • The Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy, Program in Nutrition, Teachers College Columbia University
  • MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger
  • Mission: Readiness
  • National WIC Association
  • North Carolina State University, Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences
  • Partnership for a Healthier America
  • SoAR Foundation
  • Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior
  • Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems at Arizona State University
  • Trust for America’s Health
  • UCLA Resnick Center for Food Law & Policy
  • UCONN Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity
  • UNC Gillings School of Public Health, Department of Nutrition
  • Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center
  • Yale School of Public Health Office of Public Health Practice


Welcome Session and Reception

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 (4:00-7:00pm)

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Nutrition Department

Kresge Cafe, 677 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

Directions: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/about/location-and-directions/longwood-campus-directions/

Full-Day Conference

Friday, October 4th, 2019 (8:00am-6:30pm)

Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Behrakis Auditorium, 150 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02111

Directions: https://nutrition.tufts.edu/about/visiting


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Contact Us

For inquiries about joining us as a Conference Partner, please email foodnutritionandhealth2019@tufts.edu.