1988
1988Jan1

Dr. Patricia Wolff Visits Haiti for the First Time

Dr. Wolff, a St. Louis pediatrician, and her family first visit Haiti in 1988 with Bob & Jane Corbett’s “The Haiti Project of St. Louis.”

1989Jan1

Dr. Patricia Wolff Returns to Haiti

Dr. Wolff returns to Haiti often over the next 15 years, volunteering in clinics and witnessing first-hand the devastating poverty that Haitian children endure.  While in Haiti, Dr. Wolff treats malnourished children who suffer from diseases and infections that their weakened immune systems cannot fight.

2001Jan1

Dr. Patricia Wolff Visits Mark Manary in Malawi

Dr. Wolff visits RUTF pioneer and Washington University colleague Dr. Mark Manary in Malawi.  After visiting Dr. Manary, Dr. Wolff is inspired to transfer the best-practice therapy of RUTF to Haiti.

2003Jul1

Dr. Patricia Wolff Founds MFK

2003Aug1

Dr. Patricia Wolff Receives International Rotary Grant

This grant provides funding for a hand-grinder and production of 100 kilos per month of Medika Mamba in Haiti.

2004Jan1

MFK Establishes Board of Directors

MFK’s first Board of Directors is led by Board President Pina Hanson. Membership includes Alice White, RN, Lisa Zarin, Barbara Smotkin and Candace O’Connor.

2004Jan1

MFK Relocates to Home of Church Members

MFK moves its operations from a church schoolroom located in downtown Cap-Haitien to the private home of the current program manager, just four blocks away.

2004Jun1

Non-Profit Status Awarded!

Meds & Food for Kids becomes a registered non-profit 501(c)3 corporation in the United States.

2004Dec31

MFK Has Saved 120 Children

2005Jan1

MFK Continues Production Despite Many Challenges

MFK continues to face many challenges including lack of water and power.

2005Jan1

MFK Relocates to Storefront in Downtown Cap-Haitien

MFK moves its operation to a new location that will allow for increased production of Medika Mamba.

2005Dec31

MFK Has Saved 400 Children

2006Jan1

MFK Finds Innovative Ways to Increase Production

MFK puts a motor on the hand-grinder, which allows for increased production of Medika Mamba.

2006Mar1

Cap-Haitien Begins Offering Cellular Service

MFK staff members are able to obtain cell phones in Cap-Haitien, provided by Haitel.

2006Apr14

MFK Wins Washington University’s Skandalaris Center Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Competition

2006Dec31

MFK Has Saved 600 Children

2007Jan1

MFK Partners with the Ministry of Health

MFK presents the idea of RUTF (Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food) to the Ministry of Health.

2007Jan1

MFK Moves to House in Kaite-O

MFK moves to a new location in Kaite-O, for an improved location with better access to fresh water.

2007Mar24

MFK Relocates to House in Monbin Lataille

MFK relocates to a larger, new home in Monbin, which allows for increased production of Medika Mamba.

2007May22

Winner of the World’s Bank Development Marketplace Competition

2007Aug1

Dr. Marhone Endorses RUTF!

Dr. Joseline Marhone, Haiti’s Director of Nutrition for the Ministry of Public Health & Population, writes a letter to Dr. Patricia Wolff, endorsing the use of RUTF (Medika Mamba) in Haiti.

2007Nov1

World Bank Study November 2007 – December 2009

MFK is awarded the Development Marketplace Award by World Bank.  The purpose of the program is to transfer knowledge of malnutrition treatment to the public health sector.  Over 2,000 children are treated in the study.

2007Dec31

MFK Has Saved 2,000 Children

2008Aug16

Tropical Storm Fay

2008Aug26

Hurricane Gustav

Hurricane Gustav crosses the south peninsula, including the Sud and Grand’Anse departments, causing approximately 77 deaths and 8 disappearances.

2008Aug28

Hurricane Hanna

Hurricane Hanna ravages the Artibonite and Nord-East departments, flooding several towns. In addition to Gonaïves, several towns in Jacmel, Nord-Est, Sud and Sud-Est experience flash flooding, killing one person.

 

2008Aug29

Hurricanes Force MFK to “Improvise”

Because of the Hurricanes and flooding, there is no diesel fuel in Haiti.  Forced to improvise, MFK uses buckets and barrels to carry fuel from the Dominican Republic back to Cap-Haitien so that the production of Medika Mamba can continue.

2008Sep1

Hurricane Ike

Hurricane Ike, a category 4 hurricane, grazes the western coastline of Haiti, leading to heavy rains in Nord, Ouest and Nord-Ouest departments.

 

2008Oct10

MFK Wins Inter-American Development Bank Competition

MFK is one of four winners of Inter-American Development Bank’s Innovation for Inclusive Development competition.

2008Nov1

MFK Receives NGO Status in Haiti

MFK receives “Non-Governmental Organization” status from the country of Haiti.

2008Dec31

MFK Has Saved 10,000 Children

2009Jun1

MFK Provides Medika Mamba for Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Relief Services contracts MFK to provide Medika Mamba to PEPFAR patients.

2009Jul28

Video Team Visits Haiti to Film MFK Story

Lori Dowd brings a video team to Haiti to film the “story” of Meds & Food for Kids for the first time.

2009Aug15

MFK Hires First Two Fellows

Fellows Jamie VanArtsdalen and Manoushka Germian join MFK as fellows.

2009Dec31

MFK Has Saved 16,000 Children

2010Jan1

World Bank Grant Extended

MFK receives a one-year extension of the World Bank Grant, which allows for treatment to continue at Justinien Hosptial in Cap-Haitien, Haiti.

2010Jan12

Devastating Earthquake in Haiti

A 7.0 earthquake occurs at 16:53, local time. The earthquake kills between 230,000 and 316,000 people. Its epicentre is approximately 25 km from Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti. A dozen secondary shocks of magnitudes ranging from 5.0 to 5.9 register during the hours that follow.

2010Jun10

Local Hands Bright Future Capital Campaign

MFK launches Capital Campaign with Chair Thad Simons, CEO of Novus International and Peter Raven, President Emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Garden.

2010Oct1

MFK Joins Nutriset’s PlumpyField Network

2010Oct20

Cholera Outbreak

Haiti faces a Cholera epidemic that claimed the lives of at least 3,597 and affects over 340,000.

2010Nov5

Hurricane Tomas

Hurricane Tomas hits Haiti and kills at least 10 Haitians.  The disaster worsens the cholera epidemic.

2010Dec31

MFK Has Saved 24,000 Children

2011Oct8

MFK Breaks Ground on New Factory

Dr. Wolff is joined by MFK staff and local leaders for the groundbreaking of MFK’s new factory.

2011Oct13

Global Health Frontline News & CNN Heroes Recognize MFK

Global Health Frontline News and CNN Heroes recognize the positive affects MFK has had in treating malnourished children and working toward the ultimate goal of preventing malnourishment in children.

 

 

2011Nov13

MFK Partners with Edesia and PlumpyField in a Nutributter® Study

Edesia, along with Meds & Food for Kids, a PlumpyField partner in Haiti, is awarded a grant through the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program Micronutrient-Fortified Food Aid Products Pilot (MFFAPP) to develop and test a new fortified school-feeding product for Haitian children.

2011Dec5

Factory Fully-Funded!

MFK receives key funding from LGT Venture Philanthropy and GAIN that allows for work to begin on the planned factory outside of Cap-Haitien, Haiti.

2011Dec15

MFK Receives USDA McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program Grant

MFK is awarded highly competitive USDA McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program Grant for the development of Vita Mamba.  The grant allows MFK to develop and implement a school snack program through Haiti’s National School Snack Program.

2012Jan1

MFK Obtains Charity Navigator 4-Star Rating

MFK is awarded a 4-star rating with Charity Navigator!

2012Feb18

MFK Experience Kanaval Gala & Auction

The first Kanaval Gala is held at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.

2012May1

Mamba Djanm Production Begins in Haiti

2012Jun22

USAID Implements Agriculture Training Program

MFK has the honor of participating in a peanut production training in Limbe, Haiti, hosted by the Georgia-based non-profit League of Hope. Dr. Bob Kemerait and Dr. Tim Brenneman from the University of Georgia, both experts in peanut pathology, offer great insights and suggestions on improving peanut yields and post-harvest storage, as well as on reducing disease and aflatoxin contamination.

2012Oct26

Ribbon-Cutting at the New Factory

MFK staff, farmers, and families are all delighted to reach this tremendous milestone.

2012Nov15

MFK Passes Doctors Without Borders Safety Audit of New Process and Machinery

MFK is the only food producer in Haiti to be accredited by Doctors without Borders.

2012Dec31

MFK Has Saved 60,000 Children

2013Jan7

MFK Conducts Infant Massage Study

MFK conducts a study aimed at improving the mother/child bond and aiding in the prevention of malnutrition.

2013Feb9

MFK Experience Kanaval: the Spirit of Ra Ra Gala & Auction

Nearly 500 friends and supporters soak up the sounds of an authentic Haitian RaRa band and sway to the rhythms of a Haitian dance troupe all evening long.

2013Mar13

Former President Bill Clinton Visits MFK Factory

President Bill Clinton and more than twenty investors visit Haiti’s northern department to witness the positive changes occurring in Haiti and to look for potential investment opportunities.

2013Jun6

Dr. Patricia Wolff Receives International Humanitarian of the Year Award

2013Aug8

Dr. Wolff Receives “Most Influential Business Women” Award

Dr. Patricia Wolff is honored in the 2013 “Most Influential Business Women” awards ceremony.

2013Sep1

Vita Mamba Production Begins in Haiti

2013Dec31

MFK Has Saved 90,000 Children

2014Mar1

MFK Experience Kanaval: Kompa the Rhythm of the People Gala

2014Jul8

MFK Partners with Clinton Giustra Foundation

The MFK depot becomes part of the newly launched Acceso Peanut Enterprise Corporation of the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (CGEP) network of 35 planned peanut depots.  This partnership will expand the reach of key programs to over 12,000 smallholder farmers and provide MFK with additional opportunities to purchase raw materials in Haiti.

2014Jul22

First Export Shipment to Guatemala

Meds & Food for Kids’ Facility in Cap-Haitien, Haiti exports 40 MT of life-saving Medika Mamba to Guatemala.   Haiti, UNICEF and MFK work together to save lives in other countries.

 

2014Oct4

MFK and Dr. Patricia Wolff Named Ethical Humanists of the Year

The Ethical Society of St. Louis honors MFK and Dr. Wolff for bringing compassion and technology together to save lives in Haiti. The prestigious award recognizes an individual or group in the St. Louis community that has provided courageous and dedicated service to maintaining the rights and dignity of fellow human beings in varied aspects of life.

2014Nov2

MFK’s Invites Donors to Visit New Factory

MFK hosts donors and supporters during a week-long visit to the new factory in Cap-Haitien, Haiti.  Visitors are able to see schools, malnutrition clinics, tour the factory and meet farmers in the field.

2014Nov6

First Export Shipments to Senegal and Chad

2014Dec31

MFK Has Saved 135,000 Children

2015Jan15

First Export Shipment to Cameroon

2015Feb28

Go Nuts for Haiti! Gala and Auction

500 guests join MFK at America’s Center to enjoy Haitian-inspired cuisine, Haitian art and our new video celebrating our newest milestone, exportation!

2015Apr1

MFK Passes 4th UNICEF International Food Safety Audit

2015Apr14

MFK Factory Passes UNICEF Audit!

2015Jun15

MFK chosen as host program country for annual USAID/Feed the Future Peanut & Mycotoxin Innovation Lab Annual Meeting

2015Jul1

FIRST EXPORT SHIPMENT TO MAURITANIA AND THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

2015Aug1

FIRST EXPORT SHIPMENT TO COLOMBIA

2015Dec1

FIRST EXPORT SHIPMENT TO DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO AND HONDURAS

2015Dec31

MFK has saved 183,295 children!

2016Mar5

Go Nuts for Haiti! Gala and Auction

2016May10

Dr. Patricia Wolff Named St. Louis Woman of Achievement for Humanitarian Concerns

2016Jun1

MFK Finishes Construction of New Peanut Depot

2016Jul1

FIRST EXPORT SHIPMENT TO BOLIVIA AND ECUADOR

2016Aug1

FIRST EXPORT SHIPMENT TO NIGERIA

2016Oct4

Hurricane Matthew Devastates Southern Departments and Peninsula of Haiti

2016Oct16

Dr. Patricia Wolff Honored with St. Louis Bar Foundation Spirit of Justice Award

2016Dec31

MFK has Saved 261,418 children!

2017Mar11

Go Nuts for Haiti! Gala and Auction

2017Apr21

MFK Passes 5th UNICEF International Food Safety Audit

2017May1

FIRST EXPORT SHIPMENT TO GAMBIA