(Washington, D.C., Thursday, May 9, 2019) – When it comes to ensuring children have the nutrition they need to survive and thrive, mothers are tenacious.

This Mother’s Day, Bread for the World is encouraging people to sign a petition urging Members of Congress to support mothers and children around the world. They can do this by passing the Global Nutrition Resolution, which recognizes the importance of continued U.S. leadership to accelerate global progress against maternal and child malnutrition.

Bread for the World is collecting the signatures – in honor of Mother’s Day – to send a clear message to Congress that while progress has been made against malnutrition, more must be done. During this season in which we honor and show our gratitude for those who nurtured us, let’s support mothers and children everywhere by investing in the global nutrition programs that are making a difference.

  • Better nutrition is about building a better tomorrow;
  • 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;
  • Nearly half of all preventable child deaths are linked to malnutrition;
  • For those children who survive, malnutrition can cause stunting – the irreversible damage to a child’s physical growth and cognitive development;
  • Malnutrition doesn’t have to exist. Cost-effective solutions to malnutrition are already available
  • S. investments in global nutrition are helping countries become self-reliant and are in our best interest;
  • Thanks to concerted efforts on nutrition, there are now 15 million fewer stunted children under the age of five than there were five years ago;
  • Helping countries become more stable and self-sufficient contributes to our national security; and
  • When children do better, the world does better.

The petition can be found at bread.org/mothersday.

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