Save the Children Applauds Committee Passage of the Global Food Security Act to Fight Child Hunger and Malnutrition

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 10, 2016) — Save the Children today praised passage of the bipartisan Global Food Security Act of 2016 (S.1252) by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The bill, introduced by global food security and nutrition champions Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Robert P. Casey Jr. (D-PA), represents strong bipartisan cooperation to maintain U.S. leadership in combating global hunger and malnutrition for nearly 800 million children and families worldwide.

We thank Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) and Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-MD) for their leadership and support in making this bill stronger than ever and look forward to supporting members of the Senate to expedite the bill to the floor for final passage.

"Final passage of the Global Food Security Act will be a major step toward ensuring the U.S. government continues to be a leader in ending hunger and malnutrition by 2030,” said Carolyn Miles, President and CEO of Save the Children. “The focus on nutrition and the critical 1,000 day window from pregnancy through a child's second birthday is a game-changer in terms of helping millions of children to reach their full potential."

The Global Food Security Act requires the U.S. government to pursue a comprehensive, whole-of-government strategy that leverages all U.S. investments in global food and nutrition security to achieve the greatest impact. The bill covers the full spectrum of global food security needs from responding to emergency food crises to investing in long-term development programs that address the underlying causes of chronic hunger and malnutrition.

U.S. efforts to reduce global poverty, hunger and malnutritionhelp to stabilize situations that can become threats to our national security. They also reduce the risk of chronic malnutrition and child stunting, which can impact not only a child’s ability to survive and thrive but also the productive future of a country-reducing a country’s Gross Domestic Product by as much as 16 percent. This bill will help create a better, safer world for children everywhere.

Save the Children is proud to be part of a broad-based effort to pass the Global Food Security Act that includes not only NGOs, but also the private sector. “This is an issue that everyone can get behind; that’s why we’ve seen such strong bipartisan support for this bill and are hopeful that it will become law this year,” noted Miles.

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