Approximately 16 million children under the age of five are affected by severe acute malnutrition (SAM) across the globe. These children are nine times more likely to die than well-nourished children, and in fact, 35% of deaths among children under five are caused, directly or indirectly, by SAM.
The majority of these cases occur in underdeveloped countries plagued by chronic poverty with limited access to nutritional food. Mark Moore saw the absolute need to provide that access. Moore came together with David Todd Harmon and co-founded the nonprofit MANA Nutrition in 2008. They weren’t in it to make money. They weren’t in it for praising or rounds-of-applause. They founded MANA with one hope, one goal and one mission: To save our children.
Moore finally found a solution with a peanut butter manufacturer out of Fitzgerald, Georgia, who was willing to help. And, yet, that was far from the end of the difficult road. Moore and Harmon founded MANA in the midst of the recession, so by the time their RUTF production kicked off, the economy plummeted, sending the price for peanuts and milk skyrocketing. MANA was left with an uneasy board and a product that cost twice as much as competitors.
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