the first 1,000 Days of life
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Photo: WFP/Daniel Johnson
Photo: WFP/Daniel Johnson

The first 1,000 days of life shape us in ways that last into adulthood. Without enough nutritious food, children can suffer long-term consequences.

55M

children suffer from acute malnutrition

3M

children die of hunger each year

62%

of all WFP's beneficiaries are children

That’s why WFP designs programs and food items specifically to treat and prevent malnutrition in mothers and children. Through education and specialized food packets for very young children, WFP can bring them back from the brink.

WFP also works with local governments to build long-term solutions and influence the global conversation about food policy and nutrition security. To fix the underlying causes of malnutrition, WFP collaborates with partners in other industries who can help integrate nutrition considerations into complimentary programs.

Last year, WFP reached more than 15.8 million mothers and children with specialized nutritional support. These mothers and children depend on you to receive the nutrition required to live a life filled with promise and potential.

I want to give a child a chance at life.

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