Wednesday, October 9, 2013

PB + J, International is a blessing to those with SAM

SAM, also being a person's name, is also a known for as Severe Acute Malnutrition. This happens to be the number one killer of children under five years of age. There are nearly 20 million children around the world who suffer from SAM. Sadly, more than 3.5 million children every year die from SAM. Being malnourished does not have to happen though. There is a proper treatment available to the majority of children who are currently living with SAM. In fact, right now there are companies addressing SAM by producing Ready-to-Use-Therapeutic-Foods (RUTF). 

One such fortified food is peanut butter. A five-person, non-profit organization based in Laguna Niguel, Calif., saved the lives of 1,200 children suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition in Malawi, Africa … in just 17 months. This is true, and still happening today. Within a five years time, and working with a number of global humanitarian organizations in Malawi, Africa, a Laguna Niguel, California resident Stan Smith realized that Malawi’s nutritional issues still remained despite the many water wells, building schools and developing livestock programs.

This is when Stan Smith witnessed the horrible effects of Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) and decided he had to do something about this devastating epidemic. So, in March 2012, Stan Smith recruited his friends Brian Hunsaker, Haley Hunsaker, Donna Wertz and Heather Premac in the creation of  PB+J Foods, Inc. PB + J Foods, Inc. is a non-profit organization designed specifically to wipe out Severe Acute Malnutrition in underdeveloped nations, like Malawi.

The peanut butter paste made through the PB + J Foods, Inc. is being sold to hospitals and world relief agencies like World Vision and UNCEF. PB+J Foods, Inc.does more than make the peanut butter paste, they help create sustainability through a Co-op Farmer Program. This program usually  has between 800 to 1000 farmers enrolled. This program, for the most part, trains single mothers, which often produce the best long term results. The Co-op Farmer Program help the farmers buy seeds for their peanut crops and teachers farmers how to grow their peanut crops. Showing farmers how to grow their own peanut crops enables the farmers to create their own cash crop for locals in the project area.

Just one jar of peanut butter paste is a therapeutic food treatment that provides all the nutritional requirements for one child a day. This is amazing what this peanut butter paste does for the malnourished bodies of children in Malawi, Africa. There are over 16,000 pounds of peanut butter paste jars distributed from PB + J Foods, Inc and this is enough to save over 1,200 children. This is one amazing company that wants to see all children in Malawi, Africa healthy on a daily basis.

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