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the first 1,000 days

The excerpt of the article that follows, by Lauren Weber, is another red flag for the health of our country. The first 1,000 days are critical in providing the necessary nutrition for proper development of the brain. Malnourishment during this window from conception to two years of age will impact children for the remainder of their lives.

More Than Half Of American Babies Are At Risk For Malnourishment

The first 1,000 days of nutrition can set a child’s course for life or perpetuate a cycle of poverty.     By Lauren Weber

LOS ANGELES COUNTY, Calif. ― The nutrition children receive during their first 1,000 days ― from conception until their second birthday ― has a profound impact on how they develop. Without the proper nutrition during that window of time, young brains will not grow to their fullest potential, diminishing the kids’ opportunities for the rest of their lives, according to public health and medical organizations.

But while the World BankUSAID, the World Health Organization and UNICEF push to improve early nutrition among impoverished communities in developing nations, there has been much less emphasis on the first 1,000 days in the United States. That’s not to say that all is well here: Over half of the country’s infants are on nutritional assistance and the top vegetable eaten by U.S. toddlers is the french fry.

Last week, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a groundbreaking policy statement highlighting the importance, and irreversibility, of the 1,000-day window.

“Failure to provide key nutrients during this critical period of brain development may result in lifelong deficits in brain function despite subsequent nutrient repletion,” the AAP Committee on Nutrition said.

In other words, no amount of catch-up can completely fix the lost time for brain formation. Malnourishing the brain can produce a lower IQ; lead to a lifetime of chronic medical problems; increase the risk of obesity, hypertension and diabetes; and cost that individual future academic achievement and job success. The impact can even be generational, perpetuating a cycle of poverty for lifetimes to come.

It’s unclear exactly how many kids in the U.S. are malnourished, but there’s some disturbing evidence: A quarter of toddlers don’t receive enough iron, 1 in 5 children are obese, 1 in 6 households with children are food-insecure, and over half of infants participate in the federal Women, Infants, and Children program for supplemental nutrition.

These children’s futures are at stake, said Lucy Sullivan, executive director for the nonprofit 1,000 Days, which advocates here and abroad for better early nutrition.

“The first 1,000 days matter for all the days that follow.”

Puerto Rico FEMA meals

This is an actual photo of a FEMA Meal Kit provided to Puerto Rican victims in the aftermath of their devastating hurricane, and is yet another travesty. When will our government begin to truly provide the necessary aid our citizens deserve?

I do not know about you, but canned chicken and Cheetos do not constitute and entree for me. And  candy bars don’t make the most nutritious dessert. It reminds me of when the government insisted that ketchup was a vegetable for school lunch menus.

What this actually amounts to is a shameful disregard for common morality. We should hold our officials to at least a minimum standard of decency. And this doesn’t meet it.

Healthcare Partnership in India

Stop Hunger Now Launches Healthcare Outreach in India

Serving people in need in remote areas of India is the focus of a new partnership between the Kraft Heinz Company and Stop Hunger Now that grew out of a meal-packaging event last March with the Kraft Heinz India team.

The partnership includes providing mobile medical vans to the states of Bihar and Andhra Pradesh; delivering a milk and nutrition supplement to underprivileged children in the state of Odisha; coordinating the distribution of high-nutrient protein supplements to cancer patients in the city of Chennai; and holding a meal-packaging event. Together, we aim to reach 25,000 people by 2016.

Heinz Mobile Healthcare Unit

In Bihar and Andhra Pradesh, Stop Hunger Now will serve as the primary partner for Kraft Heinz India for a three-year, $330,000 project. The first van was launched September 2 in Bihar in partnership with Society for Action in Community Health. On hand for the launch was Shri Giriraj Singh, India’s minister of state micro, small and medium enterprises.

Heinz Mobile Healthcare Unit - India 2015 (2)
In Odisha, the year-long project will provide a milk and nutrition supplement to 500 children in a residential care unit. Kraft Heinz India is providing the nutrition supplement for free and providing the cost of the milk to the local partners. Stop Hunger Now is coordinating the $50,000 project, which launched on September 1st.

In Chennai, the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu, we will coordinate distribution of 10,000 packets of Complan, a nutritional supplement drinks with protein, carbohydrate, and 26 vitamins and minerals, to patients undergoing treatment at the Adyar Cancer Institute.

In addition to packaging meals this October during World Hunger Action Month, Kraft Heinz India and Stop Hunger Now will be meeting with the company’s corporate social responsibility committee to talk about ideas and strategies for additional projects serving underprivileged populations.

Heinz Mobile Healthcare Unit - India 2015 (1)

– See more at: http://www.stophungernow.org/kraft-heinz-india-stop-hunger-now-launch-healthcare-outreach-in-rural-india/#sthash.iMp31bb4.dpuf

a precious gift

I agree with the Merry Monk. Peace is a precious gift that we long for even though it’s already within reach.

The difficulty is that loving others is too often blocked by our selfishness, greed, and political self interest. Friends do not allow friends to die of hunger or live in impoverished squalor.

Peace cannot be achieved without a solid foundation of justice. And there can be no justice while we allow 25,000 of our human family to die daily from lack of proper nutrition.

Peace is, indeed, within our grasp. Ending hunger in our lifetime is the first step toward making it happen.

200,000,000 & counting

The following article comes from the Stop Hunger Now newsletter. It is a powerful testimony to the compassion and commitment of our volunteers to make a real difference in the world by ending hunger in our lifetime.

Packaging Infographic

Stop Hunger Now recently reached a milestone in its mission to end world hunger — 200 million meals packaged. Through its popular community-supported meal packaging programs, more than 600,000 volunteers have packaged the highly nutritious dehydrated meals comprised of rice, soy, vegetables and 23 essential vitamins and minerals.

Around the world, more than 805 million people lack adequate food. Stop Hunger Now operates meal packaging locations in 19 cities throughout the U.S. and international locations in South Africa, Malaysia, Philippines, Italy and India.  More than 6000,000 volunteers from corporations, churches, schools and civic organizations have packaged Stop Hunger Now meals.

Groups of all sizes and ages can organize a meal packaging event with Stop Hunger Now to assemble meals that are used to support development programs such as school feeding programs, vocational training programs, early childhood development programs, orphanages, and medical clinics.  Working with these programs helps enhance lives by giving beneficiaries the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty through education, skills development, and health care while also receiving much-needed nutrition.