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Religious Groups Thank Hilary Clinton for her Work on Child and Maternal Health and Nutrition

Washington, DC, July 27, 2012

Bread for the World joined representatives from Church Women United to thank Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her work with the 1,000 Days movement. The organizations delivered a petition featuring over 5,000 signatures to Jonathan Shrier, Special Representative for Food Security, to present to Secretary Clinton.

“Secretary Clinton has been a powerful champion for maternal and child nutrition,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World.” Her efforts have brought tremendous attention to this issue, helping to shape the anti-hunger agenda worldwide. We are proud to be a part of this movement.”

The 1,000 Days movement is an international initiative to promote maternal and child nutrition during the 1,000 days between pregnancy and age 2. Studies show that improper nutrition during this critical period can lead to a lifetime of irreversible challenges.

In developing countries, children suffer permanent cognitive and physical delays when mothers and children do not receive proper nutrition. In the United States, mothers and children who are not properly nourished face greater mortality rates at birth. Malnourished children have decreased mental capacity, leading to lower test scores, a smaller vocabulary, and poorer overall health throughout their lives.

“We commend Secretary Clinton for making it her duty to highlight the devastating impacts of malnutrition during this critical period and show the world that these issues are preventable,” added Beckmann. “We pray Secretary Clinton will continue to champion her issues even beyond her term in the State Department.”

Prompted by the Church Leaders for 1,000 Days meeting at Bread for the World last February, more than 25 denominations have participated in this effort.

Please visit www.bread.org/go/1000days for more information or to learn how to get involved.

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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