October 31, 2022 · 12:35 pm
This Halloween you will likely see a TV ad for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, one of the most popular and yummy candies. But when you see it, think of another peanut product instead. This one is called Plumpy’Nut.
Like the Reese’s Peanut Butter cup, it comes in a small wrapping. Some have said that Plumpy’Nut tastes a bit like a Reese’s cup. But what Plumpy’Nut does is a miracle, it saves the lives of starving children worldwide.
See my full commentary in the Harrisburg Patriot News:
October 16, 2022 · 5:31 pm
The theme for World Food Day is “Leave No One Behind.”
“We need to build a sustainable world where everyone, everywhere has regular access to enough nutritious food. No one should be left behind,” the U.N. Food Agriculture Organization stated.
There are steps you can take today to ensure that those in need have food to survive.
see my full commentary at Newsweek
November 5, 2021 · 6:55 pm
David Beasley, the U.N. World Food Program director, is right to challenge billionaire Elon Musk and others to donate to fight world hunger. Beasley has been pleading for the help of billionaires all year and recently Elon Musk responded on Twitter.
What Musk should realize is that donating to feed the hungry saves lives and helps build world peace. And help is needed now more than ever. Conflict, climate change and the pandemic have led to the biggest hunger crisis since the World War II era.
What did we do back then? We fed the hungry, including a heroic airlift that saved millions in the Netherlands. We also took action when famine threatened hundreds of millions in the aftermath of the war. Citizens, including the wealthy, responded to the challenge.
see my full commentary at Newsweek Magazine.
November 6, 2015 · 12:57 pm
The food Plumpy’Nut is desperately needed for hungry children in northern Syria, according to a new report released by the United Nations.
Read the update at Examiner:
October 21, 2015 · 3:08 pm
Defeating hunger at home and abroad is vital to our security as a nation. Food insecurity weakens our communities and has a negative impact on children’s health and education. As President Harry Truman said, “no nation is any healthier than its children.”
See my letter in the Des Moines Register.
July 31, 2015 · 1:03 pm
When a UN World Food Programme (WFP) vessel recently docked in Aden, Yemen it came with a life-saving food item for children. The war in Yemen has placed children at risk of deadly malnutrition.
Read the full article at Examiner.
June 27, 2015 · 3:42 pm
There is more alarming news coming from war-torn Yemen. UNICEF, the children’s relief agency, says that deadly malnutrition is escalating very quickly.
Read the full article at Examiner.
June 20, 2015 · 2:59 pm
World Refugee Day (June 20) is a call to action to help millions of innocent civilians displaced by war. The UN Refugee Agency says 59.5 million people have been forcibly displaced by conflict and persecution. We have not seen these numbers of refugees since World War II.
Read the full article at The Huffington Post.
May 31, 2015 · 4:03 pm
There are over 20 million people in war-torn Iraq, Yemen, Ukraine, South Sudan and Syria who are at risk of starvation. But as Ertharin Cousin, the director of the UN World Food Programme, reminds us the hungry are not just statistics.
See my latest commentary at Examiner.
April 3, 2015 · 11:42 pm
Last month on the Huffington Post I wrote a feature on a unique St. Patrick’s Day celebration started by University of Rhode Island students. Their idea was to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but to use the event to feed malnourished children across the globe.
The students, (Sergio Suhett ’15, Kylie Rice ’15, David St. Amant ’16, Kimberly DeLande ’15), called the event Make Your Green Count. They teamed up with Edesia, a non-profit in Providence which produces Plumpy’Nut.
The Plumpy’Nut is a vitamin enriched peanut paste used to treat children suffering from malnutrition. Children in disaster or poverty areas, or war zones, often cannot access food. This tragedy unfolds every day across the globe.
Plumpy’Nut is used to rescue these children from malnutrition, which can cause lasting physical or mental damage, or death. The Plumpy’Nut is a life-saver for children in developing countries.
The fundraising by the URI students, which goes to Edesia, so far has raised close to $5,000. According to Edesia, that is enough to feed 85 children the life-saving treatment of Plumpy’Nut.
The Make Your Green Count fundraising page is at Crowdrise. They are still accepting donations.
Read the article at Examiner.