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At U.N. Summit, Bread for the World Commits to Reducing Maternal and Child Malnutrition

Washington, DC, September 20, 2010

Bread for the World answered the call to action to support “1,000 Days: Change a Life, Change the Future,” an event convened in New York by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Irish Foreign Minister Micheal Martin. The campaign aims to educate people about the importance of good nutrition for mothers and children during the crucial 1,000-day window, a period that begins with a woman’s pregnancy and ends with her child’s second birthday.

“By engaging the public on the importance of investing in maternal and child nutrition, the ‘1,000 Days’ campaign has the potential to be a powerful advocacy tool,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “As a person of faith, I am convinced God is moving in our time to overcome hunger and poverty.” Ireland and the United States have already made reducing hunger and malnutrition a development and foreign policy priority. Ireland has launched a Hunger Task Force, and the United States has launched Feed the Future and the Global Health Initiative. 

“This meeting and the ‘1,000 Day’ campaign puts strong political support behind the opportunity we have now to provide a nutritious start to millions of vulnerable children,” Beckmann said. 

As part of the “1,000 Days” campaign, Bread for the World commits to:  

  • Launching a major grassroots mobilization that educates Bread members and church networks about maternal and child malnutrition to make the case for improving the effectiveness of U.S. foreign assistance programs. Bread will also mobilize members and activists to support appropriations for nutrition interventions in the foreign aid budget.
  • Engaging denominational partners to build champions within the faith community and to develop a joint advocacy strategy on the issue.
  • Convening—with Concern Worldwide—a follow-up meeting in June 2011.

Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.

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