For children experiencing food insecurity, the effects can lead to lasting health concerns. This Child Health Day – and every day – Feed the Children is committed to stamping out hunger and ensuring children receive the much-needed nutrients required for proper development.
That’s why the international non-profit partners with organizations and communities in each state across the U.S. with the goal of providing children with vitamins, nutritious food and the resources needed to help families achieve stable lives. Through its partnership with Nature Made®, a leading national vitamin and supplement brand, the nonprofit strives to educate and provide a holistic health and wellness experience to families.
“Together with Feed the Children, we want to promote the importance of good nutrition from a young age,” said Dr. Susan Hazels Mitmesser, Vice President of Science & Technology for Nature Made. “Encouraging healthy habits in early childhood not only ensures children receive the crucial nutrients they need for proper development, but also provides a foundation for a lifetime of good health.”
You might be surprised to learn that in the U.S., one in every six children will struggle with hunger or food insecurity. Many times, families living in low-income households must choose between paying monthly utility and household bills or buying nutritious food. While hunger has many different faces, the one consistent thing is that the effects are long-lasting.
From the moment of conception until two years of age forms a crucial period in a child’s development. In those first 1,000 days, access to adequate nutrition and care can mean the difference between life and death. Ensuring a strong start during this time is essential to preventing the irreversible physical and cognitive developmental damage brought on by hunger and malnutrition.
Children who experience food insecurity are at a higher risk of developing asthma, struggling with anxiety or depression, and performing poorly in school or physical activities, according to research by the Food Research & Action Center.
“Feed the Children is dedicated to making sure children have the food and resources they need throughout the year,” said Clint McKnight, Director of Domestic Programming at Feed the Children. “We know that when we combine our efforts, we can set children up for success and help break the cycle of poverty.”
To learn more about how you can make a difference in the life of children across America, visit feedthechildren.org.