Each year, malnutrition accounts for half of all deaths of children ages 5 and younger. Progress is made every year to end this, but there's still work to be done.

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A mother feeds her child at a courtyard feeding session, led by a nutrition facilitator from World Vision's Nobo Jatra program in southwest Bangladesh. The program, which is funded by U.S. foreign assistance, hopes to end the high rate malnutrition for women and children in the area. ©World Vision 2019, Jon Warren.

“If you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.” – Isaiah 58:10 NIV

The first 1,000 days. This is the time of a child’s life that is critical to their healthy development. It starts in their mother’s womb and lasts until the child turns 2. If a child gets the nutrition they need during this time – and that includes nutrition for their mother during pregnancy and breastfeeding – their immune system is strengthened and their ability to grow and learn is improved. In short, their odds of survival drastically increase.

But every year, malnutrition accounts for half of all deaths of children ages 5 and younger. Nearly a quarter of the world’s children are stunted due to malnutrition, leading to long-term poor health and impaired brain development. In 2018, USAID reached more than 28 million children with high-impact, often life-saving nutrition interventions — so progress is made every year, but there is clearly still work to be done.

House Resolution 189 recognizes the importance of U.S. leadership in improving maternal and child nutrition; supports accelerating progress on nutrition for mothers and children with an emphasis on the first 1,000 days of a child’s life; and calls on USAID to accelerate progress to end maternal and child malnutrition.

The United States has always shown bipartisan leadership on this issue. Please write to your representative today and ask them to cosponsor H.Res. 189 so that all of God’s children can get the nutrition they need to thrive.


Date Introduced: March 7, 2019

Number of Cosponsors: 154

Date Passed: 



Date Introduced: June 24, 2019

Number of Cosponsors: 41

Date Passed: January 14, 2020


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(Last Updated 12/1/20)

One Comment

  • *PRAYERS!*
    I want every kid to have love and food and medicine. Zero exceptions including when in utero. Wish I had more money to give.
    One thing to keep in mind … how inexpensive a box of ‘mac and cheese’ is. Can be found for 99 cents and just add hot water if you can’t get the milk and butter.. Does not give all the nutrition needed but better than starving. Amazon has kraft brand cheap and even annies organic ones. And the vegetarian diet works for everyone. Need fruit and veggies too of course. I wonder if a big company like amazon or kraft would donate a bunch for a tax write off, and even for publicity for them and for needy kids? An avenue to try for sure.

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