Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Food For Thought: Get 'Plummy'Nut'® yet?!

This week, Food For Thought will share with you some details about Plumpy'Nut®, a "life saver" product, as CBS called it, for malnourished children to improve their health conditions and nutrition.

The Plumpy'nut® product began with a French pediatrician named AndrĂ© Briend and a jar of Nutella. Through some basic formulation, a foil-packeted sticky peanut bar can help to renourish hungry children, according to Andrew Rice, reporter of New York Times, on the article "The Peanut Solution".

Children on a Plumpy’nut® regimen add pounds rapidly, often going from a near-death state to relative health in a month. In the world of humanitarian aid, where progress is usually measured in subtle increments of misery, the new product offers a rare satisfaction: swift, visible, fantastic efficacy.

This not only benefits the children, but also the developing countries. Some of the largest peanut plantations are located in developing countries, and the Plumpy'nut® can just be produced anywhere with a blender.

Despite controversial patent issues, Plumpy'nut® is like a revolutionizing medicine for children that are malnourished.

In an interview with Anderson Cooper on CBS, Dr. Milton Tectonidis, the chief nutritionist for Doctors Without Borders, "It's a revolution in nutritional affairs,"

"Now we have something. It is like an essential medicine. In three weeks, we can cure a kid that is looked like they're half dead. We can cure them just like an antibiotic. It?s just, boom! It's a spectacular response," Dr. Tectonidis says.

"It's the equivalent of penicillin, you?re saying?" Cooper asks.

"For these kids, for sure," the doctor says.

For more information about Anderson Cooper's cover on Plumpy'nut on CBS, please view the following video, 'Miracle' Food Saves Lives.

The next step is to get these wonderful life saver into the hands of children that are malnourished.

And how do we get Plumpy'nut®?
By getting involved with WILL WORK FOR FOOD!

One hundred percent of the money we raise together will help Doctors Without Borders purchase and distribute nutritional supplements, like Plumpy’nut®, to help save malnourished children.

If you want to know every time WILL WORK FOR FOOD posts something new to our blog, email willworkforfoodblog@gmail.com with the subject line "Sign me up."

Friday, October 22, 2010

High Five From WILL WORK FOR FOOD: Anusha Sthanunathan

This installment of the High Five features University of Michigan sophomore, Anusha Sthanunathan. Anusha just happens to be WWFF's new Director of Marketing, so consider this an introduction to a very important young lady. She was involved in a service group when she was in high school called Bethania Orphanage, and ever since has been inspired to work for food aid and against poverty and famine. Her dedication to community service led her to WILL WORK FOR FOOD when she got the the University of Michigan and she looks to be a great new member to the headquarters team.

In addition to her philanthropic work, Anusha is a project director for Michigan Advertising and Marketing (MAM), has held marketing internships the past two summers, and is a member of the Alpha Kappa Psi co-ed professional business fraternity. While Anusha is certain to make many lasting memories over the rest of her college career - just look at all of those activities - she has been gracious enough to share with us her Top Five Favorite Memories (as of 10-22-2010):
1) Shooting a shotgun in a shooting range in Vietnam
2) Thinking she was a robot in the 3rd grade and pretending to see numbers in her vision
3) Drinking coffee next to Ashton Kutcher in her hometown of Atlanta
4) Tearing up during her oath in becoming a US citizen last week
5) Visiting a handmade, marble-carved 600-year-old temple in India this past summer
We are so happy to have Anusha as our new Director of Marketing. With her experience with both community service and marketing, she is a perfect fit for the role and we are excited to see what she can accomplish for WILL WORK FOR FOOD. If you would like to try to make a difference with our organization, as well, find out how you can work for food today!

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Food For Thought: 1.02 billion people are starving right now.

Although it has been a while for Food for Thought to share with you a new fact, the World Hunger statistics are still climbing. In this post, we will continue to share with you the newest update on world malnutrition and break them down to you.

According to WorldHunger.Org, "the most recent estimate, released on October 14, 2009 by FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization), says that 1.02 billion people are undernourished, a sizable increase from its 2006 estimate of 854 million people."

This means that the number of people that are undernourished has climbed about 16.2% in 3 years.

WorldHunger. org continued and outlined three factors that have led to these climbing numbers.

"1) neglect of agriculture relevant to very poor people by governments and international agencies;
2) the current worldwide economic crisis, and
3) the significant increase of food prices in the last several years. "

Out of the current estimate of the world population of 6.8 billion, 15% of the population is suffering from malnutrition.

On that note, here is an inspirational video to raise awareness in World Hunger that we would like to share with you.

What can we do about it?


WILL WORK FOR FOOD is continuously dedicated to raising awareness to this global issue and to save undernourished children.

All of the money we raise will go to Doctors Without Borders for their nutritional supplies to help save children.


Visit our Get Involved page to sign up, Learn More pages for more information on Malnutrition and Plumpy'nut, or the Donate Now page to make a contribution.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

High Five From WILL WORK FOR FOOD: Ben Vollmer

Though it has been awhile since the last WWFF High Five, that doesn't diminish the work that this edition's focus, Ben Vollmer, has done in North Carolina. Ben is a chapter rep at UNC-Chapel Hill and, along with his friend Peter Helvie - a fellow chapter rep - these two Tar Heels have been working hard to make WILL WORK FOR FOOD a big presence on their campus.

Ben found out about WILL WORK FOR FOOD two years ago, after Peter transferred to UNC from the University of Michigan. Since then, the two have been busy giving presentations and organizing work efforts. Last month, they helped raise over $1,000 in the fight against child malnutrition. The two have even bigger plans in store once they gain university-recognized club status next Spring.

Due to the success that they've already had and will continue to enjoy, it's safe to say that Ben is glad he met Peter. However, Ben has been gracious enough to give us The Five (Other) People He'd Like to Meet:

1) John Lennon

2) David Letterman

3) Sacha Baron Cohen

4) Lance Armstrong

5) Justin Bieber

While that is certainly an entertaining mix of people, we do appreciate everything that Ben (and Peter) do for WILL WORK FOR FOOD. If you would like to make a difference in your community and abroad, as well, all you have to do is get involved and find a group that's close to you!

If you want to know every time WILL WORK FOR FOOD posts something new to our blog, email willworkforfoodblog@gmail.com with the subject line "Sign me up."