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Maggie Probert, Chief Advancement Officer
Meds & Food for Kids is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of its world-class factory that produces Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) to treat children with severe malnutrition in Haiti and in 17 additional countries worldwide.
The official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the factory in Cap-Haïtien, Haiti was held on October 26th, 2012. Since then the factory has produced 6,184 metric tons of life-saving RUTF, treating more than 448,000 malnourished children. UNICEF distributes the therapeutic food produced by Meds & Food for Kids to treat severely malnourished children in 17 countries in Central America, the Caribbean, South America, Central Africa, and West Africa.
“The seeds planted 10 years ago have produced a bounty of lives saved and hope for generations of children and families in Haiti and around the world,” stated Dr. Patricia B. Wolff, Founder of Meds & Food for Kids. “This amazing factory was completely funded by generous private donors through the “Local Hands, Bright Future Capital Campaign” that was led by St. Louisans Thad W. Simons, former President and Chief Executive Officer of Novus International, and Dr. Peter Raven, President Emeritus of Missouri Botanical Garden,” noted Dr. Wolff.
“The 10-year legacy of the factory includes hundreds of thousands of children who are alive and healthier today along with the economic and educational betterment of tens of thousands of Haitian families. This is all thanks to the generosity of thousands of caring volunteers, supporters, and donors,” Dr. Wolff added.
For more information about the factory and Meds & Food for Kids visit www.mfkhaiti.org.
Founded in 2003, Meds & Food for Kids transforms the lives of malnourished children and mothers in Haiti and 17 other countries through the production and distribution of therapeutic foods. Since 2003 MFK has treated more than 600,000 children and pregnant women; educated more than 2,600 Haitian peanut farmers; and supplemented more than 121,300 schoolchildren.