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Programs

First 1000 Days

"Focusing on nutrition means bringing partners together to invest in the future of mothers and children. We hope all Americans will join us in ensuring that for every child, the first 1,000 days mark the beginning of a life full of promise."
Rick Leach, CEO World Food Program USA

In the life of a child, nutrition during the first 1,000 days—from a mother’s pregnancy to the child’s second birthday—can mean the difference between a promising future or one plagued by poor health and stunted growth. 

This 1,000-day window between a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s second birthday will determine the course of their future, and in time, also shape the future of their families, communities and the stability and prosperity of our planet. 

Yet around the world, roughly half of all child deaths can be attributed to malnutrition, with 3.1 million young children dying every year from related causes. Another nearly 200 million are chronically malnourished and suffer from serious, often irreversible, physical and cognitive damage.  

And all of this is preventable. 

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is committed to ensuring all children receive the nutrition they need during the first 1,000 days. Last year, WFP reached 4 million children under the age of two and 3 million women with special nutritional support. 

Protecting The Children of Syria

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1,095 days. That’s how long the children of Syria have been living under siege as the nation’s civil war enters its fourth year. 1,000 days also represents the critical window in the beginning of a child’s life when good nutrition can mean the difference between a life of good health and promise, or a life plagued by illness and a future of unrealized potential. 

How You Can Help 

01

Tell your Representative: Don’t cut funding for global food aid programs!

Take Action

02

Be a part of the solution today by lending your support to the area of greatest need. Give a gift that will nourish a child's body and brighten their future.

Donate

03

Support smarter, faster food aid reform to reach 4 million more people every year.

Take Action

 

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