Did you know that 20 million children around the world suffer from Severe Acute Malnutrition? It kills 3.5 million children each year. There are more deaths from SAM than from HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis combined. That seems so senseless to me when the Earth is capable of providing enough food for everyone. We are fortunate to have been born in a country where food is more plentiful, but we could have easily been born in a place like Malawi.
In March of last year, a group of five people from Orange County, California wanted to do something about it. They pooled together their money and used their own free time time to do what they could to fight SAM in undeveloped nations. In under a year and a half they created PB+J Foods. They were able to save the lives of almost 1,200 children in Malawi, Africa.
PB+J Foods is a non-profit organization which was created to help put a stop to Severe Acute Malnutrition in nations that are underdeveloped. Their program provides fortified foods for children who are suffering from SAM. They also provide health education and medical treatment for those who need it. Their program can really help benefit children in need.
They create a product made from peanuts that has enough nourishment to feed a child for a day. It is a peanut paste made from ground nuts, one of the most valuable nuts in the world. Look at the picture below to see what it looks like.
PB+J developed a way to locally manufacture Ready to Use Therapeutic Foods to help feed the hungry. They partnered with Nkhoma Hospital to create a RUTF manufacturing plant and establish sites for distribution. They also created an educational program to help villagers learn basic knowledge about food safety and storage. Now their goal is to increase employment at the local PB+J RUTF production facility and sell locally produced RUTFs on the open market to help create revenue which will enagble PB+J programs to become self sustaining and provide the product at no charge to their patients.
What can you do to help? You can donate to help expand infrastructure. JOIN ME in making a donation to this worthy cause. You can visit their site and make a donation in any amount you want. Another way to donate is to call 949-702-3187. I don’t have a lot of extra money but I was able to make a small donation and felt good to be making a difference. Can you do the same? If you can’t donate yourself, can you please share this post on your wall on Facebook or send out a tweet? We can all come together and make a difference in the life of a child.
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