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Peanut Butter Getting Ready to be shipped to the needyOur goal for Peanut Butter for the Hungry in the United States is to get more peanut butter to food banks, where kids, in particular, can have access to it. When eaten in small amounts, peanuts can aid in providing critical nutrients to all ages and all populations. Severe acute malnutrition is a serious problem in the developing world but, in the U.S., there is a growing population of malnourished obese individuals who take in too many calories, yet too few nutrients. Data show that despite excess energy intake, overweight children are not meeting recommended daily allowances of many nutrients. Peanut butter is recognized as a nutrient-rich preventative food for these individuals and research supports daily use to promote health, manage weight and improve nutrient adequacy. (References).

Internationally, the industry has targeted six goals to ensure that more kids get peanut-based ready-to-use therapeutic foods. These goals are below:

  1. Provide local infrastructure and build capacity in the “hungry” region, by encouraging the development of local production facilities in the countries where the product is being used. (Such as Africa, Haiti or elsewhere)
  2. Provide technical support for local manufacturers in such areas as food safety, manufacturing processing, etc.
  3. Through a partnership with the University of Georgia CRSP program, provide assistance to farmers in needy regions who are growing peanuts, as a long-term solution for sustainability.
  4. As a shorter-term solution, provide US grown peanut butter as an ingredient in local production.
  5. To help meet surging demand in the case of emergencies such as tsunamis, famine, drought or other disasters, encourage production of ready-to-use food in the United States.
  6. Communicate the efficacy and success of peanut-based therapeutic foods to aid groups and government agencies such as USAID and the World Food Programme.