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Celebrating the Second Anniversary of the USDA Food and Nutrition Security Initiative

Posted by Caree Jackson Cotwright, PhD, RDN, Director of Nutrition Security and Health Equity, USDA Food and Nutrition Service in Food and Nutrition Nutrition Security Equity
Mar 27, 2024
Picture of Dr. Caree Cotwright, FNS Director of Nutrition Security and Health Equity, discussing food and nutrition security

USDA is proud to celebrate the second anniversary of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s vision to advance food and nutrition security.

This first-of-its-kind, whole-of-department approach uses a four-pillar approach, working across USDA’s eight mission areas. These pillars include:

Leveraging the momentum of the historic White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, we are also doing our part to implement the National Strategy (PDF, 201 KB) on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health. This whole-of-society strategy was designed to end hunger, improve nutrition and physical activity, and reduce diet-related diseases and disparities.

And the Biden-Harris Administration remains focused on the Strategy. At a recent White House event, partners pledged nearly $1.7 billion in new commitments cultivated through the White House Challenge to End Hunger and Build Healthy Communities.

Picture of MyPlate logo featuring fruits, vegetables, grains, protein and dairy

Our efforts to advance food and nutrition security also integrates the Secretary’s goal to make MyPlate a household name. As I explain in this video, MyPlate has been our national symbol for healthy eating for more than a decade. provides the guidance, tools, and resources that translate the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines into actionable steps anyone can use.

We are making our MyPlate materials more culturally, contextually, and linguistically responsive. And we work with more than 141 National Strategic Partners across a variety of sectors to use common messages to communicate to consumers that it’s never too early or too late to start eating healthy. We even launched a MyPlate Instagram, which is loaded with healthy eating tips and recipes.

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Celebrates Progress on Tackling Food and Nutrition Insecurity

As we celebrate the power of nutritious food, we are proud of all we’ve accomplished over the last two years, but we know we can do more and do better, together. Please explore our innovative tools and stay connected. We look forward to working together to help everyone in this country access nutrition education through MyPlate.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Dr. Cotwright pose with officials from Tri-Cities High School in East Point, Georgia after a roundtable discussion with school, local, and state officials, students, nutrition experts, community organizations, and rural producers