We Still Need Your Help to Rewrite the Story of Malnutrition

Over the past year, MSF has met with government officials from the top food aid donor countries and held photographic exhibitions and events in over a dozen countries in an international effort to rewrite the story of malnutrition.

Sign the “Starved for Attention” petition before June 27 to play an invaluable role in keeping the pressure on the top food aid governments to improve the nutritional quality of foods sent to feed malnourished children overseas.

On June 27 in Kansas City at the International Food Aid & Development Conference, the US government will announce reforms to its international food aid policy. This will be the first time the foods used in this decades-old, billion-dollar program will be significantly retooled.

Every year the US sends over a hundred thousand tons of fortified corn-soy bean flour to be used to make porridge to feed malnourished children, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa. Tragically, these flours, grown on American farms and processed in American factories, do not meet the nutritional requirements of these young, growing children.  Thus, the US sends inadequate food overseas to vulnerable children that it would not use in its domestic nutrition programs.

Unfortunately, the proposed food aid reforms being announced in Kansas City still fall far short of the highly successful nutritional standards employed in the Women, Infants, and Children’s (WIC) program that has helped wipe out childhood malnutrition in America. It’s time to end the double standard of US food aid.

We need your help to push the US government to ensure that the food sent to these vulnerable children actually meets their nutritional needs to grow and thrive.

Thank you for your support.

9 Responses to “We Still Need Your Help to Rewrite the Story of Malnutrition”

  1. Mina Wardak says:


  2. Need to improve quality of food sent to malnourished children, no more highly processed carbs that fill their belly but don’t provide nutrition. Give the kids a chance at a future

  3. Gary Lu says:

    Every kid deserves a good life and a good quality of life.

  4. ashley says:

    it is cruel for a child to go to bed with an empty stomach

  5. Heidi Overgaard says:

    Rewrite the story of malnutrition

  6. I fully support this campaign to end malnutrition.

  7. Diane Hayes says:

    This more than anything tells me how bad off we all are. One thing always as Human Beings we should do is Care enough to nourish and share. How do we break down the walls of corruption in a country with no concern for it’s citizens or humanity ? what do I do. I am over whelmed but support this campaign with faith and awe of the people who do this work every day among such suffering.

  8. I would sign if my lil Canadian voice would matter, but I don’t think it does. It should I’m pretty sure some of that food comes from us. Has it occurred to anyone that the food quality is down for all of us since they genetically modified the seed controlled the farmers here and told them how to grow? Don’t kid yourself that they wouldn’t sell it as no name. Really the low income are a deficit. That might be unpatriotic, but so is sending soya to the starved. As far as I know soya in abundance may cause sterility.

  9. admin says:

    @Koreena — All petition signatures welcome! You are correct, Canada is indeed a supplier of the sub-par corn soy blend sent to malnourished children around the world.