Video | June 7, 2021

Mission: Readiness SXSW EDU Panel Discusses Future of Childhood Nutrition

Members highlighted the connection between nutrition security and national security

During World War II, the United States military rejected more than one-third of military recruits due to malnutrition. As a result, Congress created the National School Lunch Program in 1946 with the strong support of military leaders.

As COVID-19 shuttered brick-and-mortar schools and worsened child food insecurity, retired generals from Mission: Readiness convened virtually at SXSW EDU 2021. The panelists layed out a roadmap to modernize and adapt this vital national security program – as well as other nutrition assistance programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) – to meet the challenges of the future.

A full video of the discussion, recently released to the public, may be found below. Speakers on the panel are:

Marcia Anderson, Major General (Ret.), U.S. Army; Member, Mission: Readiness
Malcolm Frost, Major General (Ret.), U.S. Army; Member, Mission: Readiness
Juan Ayala, Major General (Ret.), U.S. Marine Corps; Member, Mission: Readiness
Barry Ford, President & CEO, Council for a Strong America


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