Murphy, Blumenthal, Bonamici Introduce Bicameral Resolution Designating Malnutrition Awareness Week

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and US Representative Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore-1) tabled a resolution on Wednesday designated the week of 19 September to 23 September 2022 as Malnutrition Awareness Week. Malnutrition is a significant problem in the United States and around the world that occurs when a person does not receive enough nutrients. Malnutrition affects children disproportionately. In 2021, five million American children were living in food-insecure households. Additionally, Disease-related malnutrition among older adults costs the United States more than $51.3 billion each year. U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Maggie Hassan (DN.H), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Cory Booker (DN.J.) was a co-sponsor of the resolution.

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The resolution recognizes registered dietitians and other nutrition professionals, healthcare providers, social workers and advocates for their efforts to raise awareness and prevent malnutrition. It also recognizes the inseparable link between poverty and malnutrition and the disproportionate impact felt by communities of color.

“Malnutrition has serious health implications and is a problem that disproportionately affects communities of color and the most vulnerable among us – the elderly and children. Improving access to healthy, affordable food through federal nutrition programs is critical to reducing malnutrition and improving quality of life. I am proud to introduce this resolution to raise awareness of this serious issue and to highlight those who are working to address it.” said Murphy.

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“No one in our country should be going hungry, but millions of Americans are struggling with malnutrition and hunger.” said Bonamici. “Too often, the most vulnerable members of our communities are caught in a cycle of poverty and nutritional inequality. Over the years, programs like the Older Americans Act (OAA), Meals on Wheels, SNAP, and school feeding programs have helped feed those who need help accessing healthy food. Unfortunately, malnutrition and food insecurity still affect many, particularly the elderly; Black, Indigenous and Colored; and low-income children and families. During this malnutrition awareness week, we reaffirm our commitment to end hunger so everyone can have access to the nutrition they need to thrive.”

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“Millions of children across the country live without access to adequate, nutritious food. The devastating impact of child malnutrition on long-term health and well-being cannot be underestimated. More needs to be done to support federal programs to ensure every child, adult and senior has the nutritious foods they need to live long, healthy lives. I am proud to co-sponsor this resolution to raise awareness of the impact of malnutrition and to recognize the professionals dedicated to providing nutrition and access to food for those in need” said Blumenthal.

The full text of the resolution can be found here.


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