This week in Washington: Jan. 25-29

Child Hunger Summit planned for Wednesday and House Ag hearing featuring EPA administrator postponed.

On Wednesday, Jan. 27, the White House will host a convening with families, academics, practitioners, advocates, religious leaders, and federal, state, and local officials to discuss the persistence and effects of hunger in America with a specific focus on children.

The panel will feature secretary of agriculture Tom Vilsack and assistant to the president and director of the Domestic Policy Council Cecilia Muñoz.

The White House said in a statement the panel will focus on building on the Administration’s ongoing commitment to increasing opportunity, participants will discuss the impact of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and other domestic nutrition programs in reducing food insecurity and poverty, as well as in improving long-term health, education, and economic outcomes.

The event will be live-streamed from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Visit www.whitehouse.gov/live to tune in.

Previously the House Agriculture Committee had scheduled a hearing Tuesday considering the impacts of the Environmental Protection Agency’s actions on the rural economy. Due to the snowstorm closing down the government, the hearing has been postponed.  

Agricultural groups will also be participating in a number of meetings with various Cuba coalitions and work groups to continue developing an advocacy and outreach strategy for 2016. The coalitions planning a press event on Cuba on Feb. 10 in Washington, D.C. 

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