World Hunger Day is on May 28, and June 8 is the Nutrition for Growth pledging conference in the United Kingdom. This reminds us of the vital need for solid nutrition in the first 1,000 days of life.
One-fourth of all children under five years old are chronically undernourished, which leads to retarded brain and body development. On World Hunger Day, this one day alone, 6,800 children will die from hunger. This translates to 2.5 million child deaths a year
Many of these deaths are preventable with greater investments in proven, cost-effective nutrition programs. The U.S. invests less than 1 percent of our national budget on international development assistance in nutrition, a grossly insufficient amount.
Ask Congress and President Obama to pledge $4.5 million for the next three years at the Nutrition for Growth pledging conference on June 8. It will set leadership for the world and save lives.