Last week, Meds & Food for Kids was featured on National Public Radio’s program, Food for Thought. The journalist, Dan Charles came to Haiti to witness first hand MFK’s work in the field.

The first of his stories discusses MFK’s Nutributter Program. This study, implemented in collaboration with the Haitian Ministry of Health & Washington University, is designed to prevent childhood malnutrition in Haiti.The project gives vulnerable babies, aged 6 -12 months, who are at risk for malnutrition a small dose of peanut butter medicine.By supplementing their regular diet with a little extra nutritional support, we expect that they will grow into healthier and heavier toddlers.Image160

Meds & Food for Kids was able to conduct this pilot project through the generous support of the World Bank, World Food Program, and Alive & Thrive (through the Gates Foundation).

To Hear More, Click the Link: The Peanutbutter Cure Moves from Hospital to Snack Room

The second story highlights MFK’s commitment to sourcing local Haitian peanuts for our Medika Mamba, whenever possible. Mr. Charles was able to visit our local peanut farmers and co-ops to see just what MFK has been working on: helping farmers grow more and better peanuts.

“When we get to the farm, we walk right into the middle of a peanut-harvesting party. I see big piles of peanut plants, just pulled from the earth. Men and women are sitting beside them, picking peanuts off the roots and dropping them into buckets. The women are singing; young men are playing wooden flutes.

These farmers are growing peanuts for MFK’s new peanut butter factory, and MFK is helping them do it more cheaply. The organization brought in a small tractor to help clear the fields and also sprayed the plants with a chemical that controls fungal diseases.

As a result, the farmers tell me, they’re getting almost twice as many peanuts as in previous years.”_MG_8340

Because MFK is committed to building, and in this case growing, a sustainable future for Haiti, we will continue to purchase local peanuts even at a higher cost. We do this to address the root cause of malnutrition: poverty and a lack of opportunity.

You can hear or read more about Dan Charles visit to the Peanut Fields, by Clicking this Link: The Cost of Saving Lives with Local Peanuts in Haiti