Nutrition Policy Initiative


Leading up to the 2022 White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, our coalition—consisting of 26 Task Force members, 26 Strategy Group organizations, and co-led by the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, the Chicago Council for Global Affairs, Food Systems for the Future, and World Central Kitchenworked to identify and engage stakeholders in academia, civil society, government, and the private sector, with a special focus on historically underrepresented groups and communities. Our efforts were independent of and not organized by the White House, but we were driven by the common goal of convening a diversity of voices to help solve challenges related to hunger, nutrition, and health that plague the nation.

Although our coalition’s work formally ended after the 2022 White House Conference, members’ efforts continue in our respective capacities. The federal Nutrition Policy Initiative, housed within the Food is Medicine Institute at the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, is working to perpetuate the goals of the coalition and support the implementation of the Biden-Harris National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health in three key policy areas: 1) Food is Medicine, 2) Nutrition Research, and 3) Nutrition Security.

Project Aims

Aim One

To inform, implement, and promote Food is Medicine, nutrition research, and nutrition security policy recommendations to advance the National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health.

Project Details

Tufts Team

Dariush Mozaffarian
Director, Food is Medicine Institute

Emily A. Callahan
Director of Strategy and Operations, Nutrition Policy Initiative

Kirsten Deuman
Manager, Research Translation & Content Development, Nutrition Policy Initiative

Julia Reedy Sharib
Senior Research Coordinator, Manager of Communications, Food is Medicine Institute


Bia-Echo Foundation

East Bay Community Foundation

Hand Foundation

The Rockefeller Foundation

World Central Kitchen

Yun Family Foundation