Google+

"How Locally Made RUTFs Are Saving an Entire Country"

 

 

If you found out that every day this year, 11,551 children died as a result of Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM), would you be shocked to tears?  If you found out that this horrific problem had a solution would you do everything within your power to bring that solution to reality? That’s exactly what the founders of a small non-profit organization from Laguna Niguel, California are doing.  They  call themselves PB+J Foods, Inc.

PB+J (Peanut Butter + Jesus) was established to treat Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) in Malawi, Africa. Malawi is ranked one of the

Following mom’s example, Malawian child helps carry the PB+J RUTF load

Following mom’s example, Malawian child helps carry the PB+J RUTF load

Top 10 least developed countries in the world. Its residents fight a consistent uphill battle with malnutrition. And, while they may not have the resources to take down this epidemic once and for all, they can save tens-of-thousands of lives every year.

So, what is the solution? PB+J, in conjunction with Nkhoma Hospital, has set up a self-sustaining manufacturing site in Malawi to create a fortified peanut butter paste that is proven to save the lives of thousands of children suffering from SAM.

This fortified peanut butter is a ‘RUTF’, or Read to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF). RUTFs are soft or crushable foods that can be consumed easily by children, from the age of six months, without the need of adding water. The peanut butter paste is a high caloric food supplement consisting of peanut butter paste, powder milk, sugar, vegetable oil and a vitamin/mineral micro nutrient package. The peanuts contain mono-unsaturated fats, are easily digestible, and are high in zinc and protein, which greatly help the immune system to fight disease, especially Malaria which is a major contributor to the high death rate in the region. A great benefit to this type of RUTF is that it can be stored without refrigeration for months without spoiling and requires no cooking.

In just the first year of operation and production at Nkhoma Hospital, this PB+J Foods –produced RUTF saved the lives of nearly 1,200 children. This past week, new high volume production equipment has completed manufacturing in South Africa. Once this new equipment is shipped and installed  PB + J Foods is expected to increase its production of RUTFs 10 fold. That’s 11,000 lives that will be saved in 2014—and that’s just the beginning.

4-year old Malawian girl experiences PB+J photographer from the U.S. for the first time

4-year old Malawian girl experiences PB+J photographer from the U.S. for the first time

PB+ J Foods is working feverishly to raise enough money to save the lives of 11, 000 children per year.  A donation of just $30 a month will save the life of a child. With its new increased manufacturing power, and additional sponsorships, PB+ J Foods will be able to meet its goals.  As the message of its progress spreads around the world, there is no telling how many more production plants PB+ J Foods  could establish, and how many more thousands of lives it will be able to save. It could, with the right support form individuals, organizations, and some divine intervention, save the entire country and establish a foundation and process for other impoverished parts of the world to emulate to save their population.

To make a donation to further support the efforts of PB+J Foods, visit www.pbjfoods.org/donation

 

 

,

Entertainment

Mob Wheelman Puts Pedal to the Metal in Adrenaline-Fueled Blockbuster

  Baby Driver Film Review by Kam Williams Mob Wheelman Puts Pedal to the Metal in Adrenaline-Fueled Blockbuster All you really need to know about Baby Driver is that it's the best film of the year so far, hands down. The picture was written and directed by Edgar Wright, who is best known for a trio of British comedies starring Simon Pegg: Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007) and The World's End (2013). Wright ventured across the … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Books

Gil’s Goodwill!

  Gil Robertson The “Book of Black Heroes” Interview with Kam Williams Gil's Goodwill! For nearly three decades, writer/author Gil L. Robertson, IV has used the written word to enlighten, empower and uplift. The one-time political organizer initially made his mark in entertainment journalism, penning over 50 national magazine covers and contributing bylines to a wide range of publications that include the Los Angeles Times, the Atlanta … [Read More its Good for You...]

Art

The Day After the Day Of

  The Day After the Day Of by Paul Ilechko   The sky sheds its tears. This morning is the morning of the day after. The day of mourning, the day after the day of.  I beseech the sky to shed tears in order to wash away the tears on my face.   This is the first day of the time after. This is the beginning of a new time, the days of pain, the days of sorrow. We are in mourning. The sky looks down and sheds its tears for … [Read More its Good For You...]

Real Estate

How to Hire a Winner in Real Estate

  How to Hire a Winner in Real Estate by Amy Lignor   You want to buy that new house because the twins are on their way. Little Betty and Little John are already there, but who knew you would have even more so soon? What’s that? Oh…well, of course, in order to buy that new home with four bedrooms instead of two, you will also need to sell your present homestead in order to get the money needed to start paying on a new one. And, of … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Lifestyle

Ejogo’s Largo!

    Carmen Ejogo The “It Comes at Night” Interview with Kam Williams Ejogo's Largo! Carmen Ejogo has established a distinguished career in both feature films and television. She is best known thus far for her leading role of civil rights activist ‘Coretta Scott King’ opposite David Oyelowo in Ava DuVernay's universally acclaimed SELMA as well as being singled out for her ‘mind-blowing’ lead role as Sister in SPARKLE alongside … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

Fishing for swordfish in Louisiana? You bet

  Fishing for swordfish in Louisiana? You bet by Craig Lamb The Mississippi River delta and surrounding offshore waters are without a doubt some of the richest fishing waters in the world. Venice, Louisiana, is the hub for reaching the richest saltwater game fish waters in the U.S. Yellowfin tuna. Snapper. Grouper. Wahoo. Dolphin. Marlin. And lately, there are swordfish. If you want to experience the latest hot trend in Louisiana … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

You Don’t Have to be Greek to be a “Zorba” Fanatic

  You Don’t Have to be Greek to be a “Zorba” Fanatic by Amy Lignor   No, the sport is not called ‘Zorba’, but it most definitely fits for this article’s title. This most unusual sport is actually called ‘Zorbing’, and has caught on like wildfire across the globe. And now, seeing as that the NBA has wrapped, with Golden State proving that they were determined to make amends for last season; and with the NHL closing up shop for the season … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

Add Value with Summer Home Renovation Projects

  Add Value with Summer Home Renovation Projects by Amy Lignor   There are a whole list of summer activities for you and the kids planned. Most of them, of course, you want to be nothing but fun, such as grilling outside on the patio or swimming in the pool. However, having the backyard pool and patio are two things you really need in place before either of those activities could be enjoyed. And building this area could be a great … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Finding Relaxation in the Most Remote Locations of All

    Finding Relaxation in the Most Remote Locations of All by Amy Lignor   It is a fact that the largest travel locations are also beyond popular. Among the downsides of this fact is that when you’re looking for peace, quiet, and basically a chance to do nothing more than spend time with yourself and, perhaps, one other best friend, the most popular places don’t offer that. In other words, it is the most remote (sometimes most … [Read More its Good for You...]

Green Living

Creating the Perfect Vegetable Garden

  Creating the Perfect Vegetable Garden by Amy Lignor   Many are still dealing with that wintery mix Mother Nature just loves to toss down from the sky this time of year. Yet, that gardener living inside the soul – the one just dreaming of the sunny skies and lazy rainy days that are must-haves in order to grow the best vegetables possible – is already jotting down the facts, tricks and tips they need to know in order to make that … [Read More its Good for You...]