The new version of the Farm Bill is being debated this week. We are sending a letter to the US Congress expressing the support of all who signed our petition to improve the quality of food aid for malnourished children. You can still sign the petition below to show your support. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates on this campaign.
Tell Congress to Improve Food Aid for Malnourished Children
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Right now, the US Congress is considering changes to the Farm Bill, the law that dictates what kind of food aid assistance the US sends overseas. With better nutrition standards, US food aid could save more children suffering from malnutrition.
Malnourished children, especially those under the age of two, are extremely vulnerable. To decrease the risk of death from common childhood illnesses and prevent life-long health consequences, malnourished children need access to nutritious foods designed to help repair the damage to their tiny bodies and promote healthy development.
Yet every year, the US government sends hundreds of thousands of tons of food aid overseas that lacks the proper balance of nutrients that malnourished children need to recover. But with changes to US policy, we can save more babies and children by making sure they get the critical food they need.
If enough of us speak up, we can tell the US Congress to include stronger food aid nutrition standards, especially for children two and under, in the next version of the Farm Bill being debated. Sign the petition now!
Dear Member of Congress,
Because much of the food aid the US government currently sends overseas is not properly formulated for the young children who need it most, the children who receive this aid are sometimes still at risk for malnutrition and related health issues, such as impaired growth and development and increased susceptibility to disease.
I urge you to adopt the recommendations of the independent medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for stronger nutrition standards in international food aid, particularly with respect to children under the age of two, in the next Farm Bill.
Specifically I ask that you:
- Ensure that food aid supplied or funded by the US government meets the nutritional needs of children under the age of two, adjusting their technical specifications as necessary.
- Ensure that the Farm Bill allows and promotes an increased use of specialized nutritious food products for the treatment and prevention of childhood malnutrition.
- Give USAID and the USDA a strong mandate with an urgent timeline to implement these crucial reforms, align their policies with the latest scientific and medical evidence, and harmonize product specifications and commodities lists with international food aid partners