What is Vitamin Angels?
The Vitamin Angel Alliance, Inc. (Vitamin Angels) is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization headquartered in Santa Barbara, California. Vitamin Angels' Tax ID Number is 77-0485881.
Our mission is to help at-risk populations in need – specifically pregnant women, new mothers, and children under five – gain access to lifesaving and life changing vitamins and minerals.
In 2017, Vitamin Angels connected over 61,000,000 children and mothers in 74 countries, including the US, with the vital nutrients they need as a foundation for good health.
What does Vitamin Angels do?
Vitamin Angels focuses on the reduction of preventable morbidity, (including blindness), and mortality associated with micronutrient deficiencies among children under five years of age through the distribution of the following products (manufactured to internationally accepted technical and finished product specifications) and services free of charge.
- Vitamin A supplementation – The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends supplementation for all children 6-59 months living in areas designated as experiencing moderate to severe vitamin A deficiency.
- Deworming – Preventatively administering albendazole or mebendazole bi-annually to children 12-59 months of age living in areas where soil-transmitted infections are endemic is a recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a public health intervention.
- Prenatal multivitamins – Evidence from publications in the Cochrane Report and The Lancet indicates that the provision of multiple micronutrient supplements to women starting early in pregnancy provides clear benefits. For anemic women in particular, prenatal multivitamins can decrease risks instances of low birth weight, small-for-gestational-age, and premature births which are associated with increased newborn mortality.
- Additionally, we work with our field partners to promote optimal breastfeeding and complementary feeding practices.
Vitamin Angels also provides technical assistance, with emphasis on the training needed to ensure that micronutrient supplies are deployed by our field partners appropriately and consistent with best practices adapted to local conditions.
Is Vitamin Angels religiously-based?
Vitamin Angels is a non-sectarian international aid organization. We partner with qualified organizations that agree not to deny availability, access or use of a commodity donated by Vitamin Angels to any prospective beneficiary on the basis of ethnicity, race, religion or ability to pay.