Our 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: