Very interesting take on food security, poverty and priorities. Sometimes it’s too natural to look left and right and forget that millions of your fellow citizens don’t have the time or freedom to make the food choices that we do. What would it be like to not have a car and not live within walking distance of a grocery store? What if you really wanted your wife to breast feed, but her employer wouldn’t allow her any time to express her milk while she was there?
I’m waiting for my flight home from the 1,000 Days U.S. Leadership Roundtable, a spectacular meeting that was held today at the Gates Foundation in Washington, DC. Stakeholders in nutrition and maternal-child health gathered to discuss how we can galvanize support for nutrition during the 1,000 days from conception to age 2. This is the time when our youngest citizens build their bodies and brains, laying the foundation for long-term health. Investing in optimal nutrition during these crucial days improves health and productivity across a lifetime.
For too many of our children, however, this foundation is fractured. Poverty, food insecurity, and commercial pressures prevent moms and babies from achieving their full potential. During the meeting, 1,000 Days executive director Lucy Sullivan shared daunting statistics about the challenges facing children in America. One in eight infants and toddlers in the US lives in deep poverty, defined as less than half the poverty…
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