I’m always interested in promoting charities that help families here in the US or abroad can get the food and nutrition they need. That’s why I’m posting about Future Fortified, a campaign of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) that can help millions of families access the essential nutrients they need to lead healthy lives.
Their goal is to provide sustainable access to improved nutrition for 50 million women and children in developing countries by 2015. They do this by providing vulnerable families with home nutrition packets that add essential nutrients to their every day, homemade meals. These nutrients can help strengthen bones, build muscles and improve immune systems so people can ward off serious health problems.
Investing in improved people’s nutrition not only leads to improved health, but also helps support progress in education while alleviating poverty. Nutrition interventions is one of the most cost-effective ways to meet the world’s development challenges, even increasing a country’s GDP by 2 to 3% per year.
- Nearly 2 billion people around the world suffer from a lack of proper nutrition.
- Malnutrition contributes to 3.5 million maternal and childhood deaths around the world each year.
- 11% of diseases globally are caused by undernutrition.
- 60% of the developing world is physically stunted which is generally caused by diets that are lacking sufficient nutrients.
How is Future Fortified funded?
Funds raised from individuals like you are leveraged as investments. This helps Future Fortified’s local partners increase the supply and availability of home nutrition packets. Your donations also fund programs to educate mothers on the use of home nutrition packets and the importance of proper nutrition.
Since the home nutrition packets are produced and sold locally at a price mothers can afford – about 3 cents a packet – the solution is sustainable over the long term.
Learn more and get involved
I like Future Fortified’s approach since it supports local food production and industry while helping to improve the health and welfare of families in need.
To learn more, check out Future Fortified’s website at futurefortified.org. You can also connect with them on Twitter @futurefortified and Facebook at facebook.com/futurefortified. Check out their FAQ page and donate online here.
Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf Future Fortified. To thank me for my contribution, Mom Central donated $20 to the Future Fortified campaign.