Legislation passed by House Republicans (no Democrats voted for it) slashed $747 million -- about 10 percent -- from the 2011 budget for the Special Supplemental Feeding Program for Women, Infants and Children.
The first 1,000 days of a child's life determines her mental and physical development for life. Without proper nutrition, children are more prone to infectious diseases, will struggle in school and will be less productive in her job.
If action is taken quickly by the House of Representatives to pass the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act in the next days, we have a real opportunity to improve the access and quality of nutritious foods, and sustain the next generation of our youth.
Food price protests have at times shined a spotlight on the plight of the urban poor, which is real and must be addressed. But the world must also address the plight of rural poor, even if it's less likely to make headlines.