Washington, D.C. – Bread for the World celebrated passage of a bipartisan Senate resolution recognizing the importance of United States leadership in the effort to reduce global maternal and child malnutrition, as well as the effectiveness of USAID’s work to achieving global nutrition goals. A similar resolution awaits a final vote in the House.
“Thanks in part to U.S. leadership, the world has made tremendous progress against global maternal and child malnutrition,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “USAID’s work has saved millions of lives and helped scores of children reach their full potential.”
S. Res. 260 was introduced by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Chris Coons (D-DE) and had 42 bipartisan co-sponsors. Bread was honored to work in coalition with RESULTS, Save the Children, and CARE, and with Sens. Collins and Coons, to secure passage.
“We commend Senators Collins and Coons for championing this resolution. Hunger is not a partisan issue and it is critical to have supporters in Congress on both sides of the aisle,” said Beckmann. “Now we look to the House to show leadership and approve this resolution.”
Good nutrition in the 1,000 days between a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s second birthday lays a strong foundation for her child’s health, physical growth, and brain development. U.S. funded global nutrition programs have helped 22 million children reach their full potential in just the last decade.
“Millions more women and children are being reached by nutrition programs thanks to Congress,” added Beckmann. “We must keep the momentum going.”