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 co-hosting anniversary events in Boston and Washington DC.

Through a series of panel discussions and keynote speakers, the 50th Anniversary events 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.

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.

  • American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
  • American Diabetes Association
  • American Heart Association
  • American Institute for Cancer Research
  • American Public Health Association
  • Association of State Public Health Nutritionists
  • 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
  • Feeding America
  • 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
  • Milken Institute
  • 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
  • World Economic Forum
  • Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center
  • Yale School of Public Health Office of Public Health Practice


Historical Video:

October 3rd: Click to watch

October 4th Full Livestream Recording:

History of the 1969 White House Conference and Key Accomplishments

(André Mayer, Johann Dwyer, Ronald Pollack, Corby Kummer)

Current Landscape: Food Justice

(Dottie Rosenbaum)

Current Landscape: Diet and Health

(Dariush Mozaffarian)

Current Landscape: Sustainability

(Tim Griffin)

Health Systems and Food is Medicine

(Dariush Mozaffarian, Secretary Kara Odom Walker, Darshak Sanghavi, Karen Pearl, Howard Koh)

The Food Environment

(Norbert Wilson, Greg Drescher, Sara Bleich, Marion Nestle, Chris Economos)

The Role of Foundations

(Alan Solomont, Raj Shah)

Government Feeding Programs

(Dottie Rosenbaum, Marlene Schwartz, Laura Benavidez, Secretary Dan Glickman, Parke Wilde)

Future of the Food System

(Representative Chellie Pingree, William Masters)

Sustainability and Agriculture

(Amanda Beal, Britt Lundgren, Sam Myers, Amanda Little, Tim Griffin)

Business Case for Innovation in Health, Sustainability, and Equity

(Walter Robb, Brooks Tingle, Kevin Boylan, Denise Morrison, Helena Altsman, Laura Reiley)

Addressing Poverty and Nutrition

(Representative Rosa DeLauro, Dariush Mozaffarian)