Opportunities in St. Louis, Missouri
Founded in 2003, Meds & Food for Kids (MFK) is a social enterprise, operating in the north of Haiti, with an administrative headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri. MFK is dedicated to saving the lives of Haiti’s malnourished children and other nutritionally vulnerable people. As a social enterprise, MFK has social goals which it meets by following sound business principles; it reinvests all positive margins back into the mission.
MFK accomplishes its mission by developing, producing and distributing highly nutritious foods, including the gold-standard Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF). It makes its food products in Haiti, employing Haitian workers and, whenever possible, using Haitian raw materials. The factory is run increasingly with Haitian management, as a requisite for a sustainable future. MFK also undertakes traditional non-governmental organization activities in Haiti, including an agricultural research and development effort working with Haitian farmers. MFK provides malnutrition treatment directly to children in several clinics and mentorship support to other malnutrition clinics throughout Haiti. MFK also produces and distributes a nutritious school snack and is developing and will be testing a new prenatal supplementation product.
MFK has grown organically for 15 years, with revenues/sales of $6.7M in 2017, and has just recently significantly expanded operations permitting an increase in production capacity of 4-5 times. This opportunity means that MFK is seeking to triple our sales to UNICEF and evaluate opportunities in Latin America. The Executive Director will rethink positions and duties to create new efficiencies and systems. An excellent experienced staff will be very willing to collaborate with the new leader in this rethinking. This position is a great opportunity for a strategically agile, energetic, creative, problem solving person who tolerates ambiguity and risk well and can function successfully in a different culture with a fragile rule of law.
Opportunities in Cap Haitien, Haiti
MFK offers the opportunity to share your skills and gain first-hand experience working in international development for a dynamic young social enterprise. This position is based in Haiti. MFK requires a 12-month commitment working with majority Haitian staff as well as North American and European staff.
While the Cap-Haitien area is relatively quiet and peaceful, it is still underdeveloped. It challenges staff in many regards: emotionally, socially, and professionally. This job is challenging, but it is also rewarding. The fellow will be a vital, indispensable member of the MFK team in its mission to make life-saving RUTF, and other fortified nutritional products available to children and other vulnerable populations in Haiti. The fellow will live with other MFK staff in a secure apartment complex. S/he will be welcomed in group activities (e.g., trips to the beach, mountains, historical monuments, etc.)
Every three minutes we produce enough Medika Mamba to treat one child.
“I speak for our entire team in St. Louis when I say it is a tremendously gratifying feeling that our team’s time, talents, and treasures have been able to assist such a great cause. Awesome to see the completed manufacturing facility and the lives impacted by the endeavors of MFK!”Breck Washam, Vice President of Burns & McDonnell, Supporter Since 2010
“You realize how absolutely blessed you are by the fate of your soul coming down the chute in the United States of America. You wonder: Why did this happen to me and not to them?”MFK Executive Director, Dr. Patricia Wolff, as Quoted in a CNN Article Titled "As Children Starve, World Struggles for Solution", In Reference to Her Experiences Working in Haiti
“The clear advantages of Medika Mamba, combined with a distressingly high number of hospital admissions, led HAS [Hôpital Albert Schweitzer] to decide to provide all severely malnourished children with Medika Mamba, beginning during the last few days of hospitalization and continuing for up to eight weeks at home.”Report on the Emergency Malnutrition Program [August 2008] from HÔpital Albert Schweitzer, One of Haiti's Preeminent Healthcare Providers
“We are good farmers here in Haiti, and we have good land. But all we know is what our grandfathers and their grandfathers knew. Sometimes all we need is some new knowledge—so thank you for coming.”Haitian Farmer Who Benefits from the Capacity Building Sponsored by MFK and Carried Out by Peanut Scientists at the University of Georgia
“I have rarely been as impressed with the vision, energy and results of a project as I have been with MFK and the work of Dr. Patricia Wolff. MFK touches the lives of so many children in such an innovative way using natural resources that are indigenous to the area. It is miraculous.”Dr. Thomas Pearson, Director of Christian World Relief, a Financial Supporter of MFK Since 2005
“My child was small. Now she is like a double child from the one I had. Now I can hold her and play with her.”Mother of Child in the Medika Mamba Program
“Medika Mamba has done big things for the poor here. Children—and I have witnessed it with my own eyes—make rapid recoveries.”MISS MARIE FLEURESE GOURGES, HEAD PEDIATRIC NURSE AT HÔPITAL UNIVERSITAIRE JUSTINIEN, THE SECOND LARGEST PUBLIC HOSPITAL IN HAITI AND AN MFK IMPLEMENTING