MFK Announces a $600,000 Challenge to Complete Construction in 2011

Meds & Food for Kids announced a $600,000 challenge for its capital campaign at the Missouri Botanical Garden on Monday April 25th 2011 in St. Louis.

Campaign chairs  Dr. Peter Raven, President Emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Garden, and Thad Simons, CEO and President of Novus International, joined Dr. Patricia Wolff, founder and Executive Director of MFK, to address a group of supporters, donors and advocates to talk about MFK’s work in Haiti and its push to build a new factory for its life-saving foods.

“We should all be proud that such an extraordinary program began right here in St. Louis,” said Raven. “Now we all need to make sure the new factory is a reality soon to dramatically strengthen this life-saving, community building work in Haiti.”

“MFK goes beyond aid by using local labor and resources to help end the cycle of poverty. They are creating steady jobs, supporting local farmers and making kids healthy.” said Simons.

MFK has successfully treated more than 24,000 malnourished children in Haiti with the ready-to-use therapeutic food that the organization manufactures in a house-turned-factory in Cap Haitian, Haiti.  A capital campaign is underway to fund a larger, more efficient factory that will enable Meds & Food for Kids to increase its production ten fold to treat 80,000 children annually.

The “Local Hands Bright Future” campaign goal is $3 million. The increased production of the new factory will create jobs and support 1,000 Haitian peanut farmers.  By meeting the standards of large-scale production of international aid organizations that purchase and distribute the treatment products, the factory will become financially self-sustaining by 2015.

“We are thrilled and honored by the generous support we’ve received, especially from our own St. Louis community,” said MFK founder and executive director Dr. Patricia Wolff.

MFK aims to break ground on the new factory later this year and is challenging supporters to generate an additional $600,000 in the next six months to bring the construction plan to fruition.