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Ending hunger around the world is not just about providing people with enough food – it’s also about providing the right nutrients. Globally, 155 million children are stunted and will not have the chance to achieve their full potential because of poor nutrition early in life.
In order to prevent the 2.6 million childhood deaths each year that result from malnutrition, addressing the 1,000 days between a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s second birthday is crucial. With the right nutrition during this period, we can ensure healthy body and brain development, stronger immune systems, more years of education, and a higher lifetime earning potential for millions of children.
In fact, studies show that children who get proper nutrition before their second birthday:
They are also more likely to have healthier families, breaking the generational cycle of malnutrition. Recent analysis has also shown that for every $1 invested in improving nutrition in a country, $16 is returned to the economy there.
The U.S. government plays a crucial role in the fight to end maternal and child malnutrition, and our nation's continued commitment is key to ending this global scourge. Ending malnutrition stretches beyond improving access to and availability of nutritious foods. It also involves other development areas including agriculture, education, health, social protection, water, sanitation, hygiene, and women’s empowerment.
Recognizing the importance of integrating of all these sectors, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released a Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy in 2014 as a roadmap toward reducing child stunting and ending preventable maternal and child deaths. The U.S. government in 2016 launched its Global Nutrition Coordination Plan to better enable collaboration across the federal government on global nutrition research and programs.
The U.S. government’s global food security initiative, Feed the Future, serves as an important vehicle for implementing these strategies and plans. Through Feed the Future and other initiatives, the U.S. government has helped free 1.8 million more children from the devastating consequences of stunting. All of these efforts, along with robust funding for nutrition programs, will help us meet our commitment toward reducing stunting by 40 percent by 2025.
Indigenous communities have some of the highest hunger rates in the United States. As a group, one in four Native Americans and Alaskan Natives are food insecure, defined as not having regular, reliable access to the foods needed for good health.
While hunger declined from 2017 for the general U.S. population, African Americans experienced a one percent increase, an increase of 153,000 African American households. This fact sheet explores the issue in depth.
Better nutrition is a necessary component of a country’s capacity to achieve development goals such as economic growth and improved public health.
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A set of how-to sheets for carrying out advocacy and fact sheets on the current issues Bread for the World is working on.
For new and current Bread grassroots hunger activists.
Ideal as a starter toolkit for new Bread activists or as a set of updates for current activists.
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These fact sheets provide a snapshot of hunger and poverty in the United States and in each state plus Washington, D.C.