Statement on the Introduction of Global Nutrition Legislation in the U.S. Senate

October 7, 2021

WASHINGTON (October 7, 2021) – The following statement is attributed to Eric Mitchell, Executive Director of the Alliance to End Hunger.

“The past year has emphasized what we in the anti-hunger community have known for many years – that malnutrition is stubborn and pervasive in many parts of the world. We also continue to witness another indisputable fact – that malnutrition is disproportionally dangerous to already-vulnerable populations, especially children. It is for this reason that the Alliance to End Hunger praises the introduction of the Global Malnutrition Prevention and Treatment Act of 2021 in the Senate (bill text). This legislation joins its companion bill in the House of Representatives as a crucial sign of U.S. leadership in global food security and nutrition.

“In July, a group of United Nations agencies published the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021 report, which stated that global food insecurity and malnutrition rates have increased at an astonishing rate, particularly in the past year due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Among those hardest hit are children, with UNICEF estimating that nearly half of all child deaths can be attributable to poor nutrition.

“But despite the urgent need, we also know the enormous benefits that investing in nutrition can produce. In addition to clear increases in health and wellbeing for individuals and families, research reveals that for every $1 invested in nutrition, $16 is generated for local economies. Finally, nutrition is more than a tool for global development, it is an investment in a more equitable world – one in which those most in need can provide their children with a chance to reach their fullest potential and lead their communities to a prosperous future.

“We thank Senators Coons, Wicker, Kaine, and Boozman for their leadership on this important issue, and we look forward to working with them and their colleagues in both the House and Senate to push this critical legislation over the finish line.”