The Peanut Butter for the Hungry Initiative started in 2008, by a group of peanut growers, shellers, manufacturers and industry members to help malnourished children in places where resources are limited.
In 1999, a scientist named Dr. Andre Briend with the World Health Organization developed a product that combined powdered milk, vegetable oil, sugar, vitamins and minerals and peanut butter into a ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF). This RUTF is based on the tried and true formula F-100 milk, which has been used for generations to treat malnutrition in third world countries. By replacing the liquid milk with protein-rich peanut butter and powdered milk, the new F-100 milk formula becomes shelf-stable and transportable, allowing aid workers to treat malnourished children in a completely new way. Instead of checking into hospitals, children are fed at home by their mothers, using the ready-to-use food product. No water is needed, so the food stays bacteria-free and does not need to be refrigerated.
The peanut industry has committed financial and intellectual resources to the development of this product as a humanitarian endeavour. The U.S. peanut industry commitment includes, but is not limited to:
To learn more about the Peanut Butter for the Hungry Initiative, visit www.peanutbutterforthehungry.org.
Source: Peanut Butter for the Hungry