April 14, 2022

Emily Schettler

The Harkin Institute announces 2022 Harkin on Wellness Designees

The Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement has released its 2022 Harkin on Wellness Report, which highlights nine top wellness and nutrition designees from across the United States that have successfully prioritized nutrition security in their work to improve health and wellness within their communities.

Nutrition security builds on the long-standing concept of food insecurity by emphasizing the need to expand beyond food access, safety and affordability to include and prioritize nutritious foods and address diet-related diseases and disparities.

“Fostering the idea of nutrition security is essential to the way we treat hunger in our world today,” Senator Tom Harkin said. “COVID-10 has made clear that Americans who are most likely to be hungry are also at highest risk of diet-related diseases including diabetes, heart disease and many cancers – a harsh legacy of inequities and structural racism in our nation.”

The report comes as the U.S. Department of Agriculture implements new nutrition security initiatives and Congress and the Biden administration plan for a White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, Hunger and Health later this year – the second such conference in history.

Recipients of the 2022 Harkin on Wellness designation were selected for their work to strategically connect nutrition security with health and wellness as well as the ability for their programs to be replicated, adapted and implemented in other communities.

The 2022 Harkin on Wellness designees are:

  • Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture of Mount Vernon, VA
  • D.C. Hunger Solutions of Washington, D.C.
  • Food & Friends of Washington, D.C.
  • Grow Local Colorado of Denver, CO
  • Hunger Task Force, The Farm of Milwaukee, WI
  • Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Growing Together Iowa, of Urbandale, IA
  • Konza Prairie Community Health Center of Junction City, KS
  • The Poverello Center, Inc., of Wilton Manors, FL
  • Project Open Hand of San Francisco, CA

The Harkin Institute established the Harkin on Wellness Report and designation program in 2018 as a way to share best practices for how communities and organizations can invest in health. To date, the Institute has recognized 31 designees from 16 states and Washington, D.C.

Copies of past reports are available on our website:



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