My passion for Plumpy’nut began during my sophomore year of high school. While flipping through CosmoGirl magazine, I was expecting to find the latest style tips, not a life-changing article. However, an article about an opportunity for American teens to serve on a mission trip to Africa captured my attention. Immediately after reading, I was desperate to go. Unfortunately, the timing wasn’t right and traveling halfway around the globe wasn’t going to happen anytime soon. However, I was already immersed in reading about Africa – the culture, the people, the food, the kids, and the crises. More than anything, the tragic statistics of and photos depicting the victims of childhood malnutrition stuck in my mind. Even though I couldn’t travel to Africa, I wanted to do something at home to help. That’s when I found out about Plumpy’nut.
After reading about this innovative tool to fight hunger, I found my cause and plans for the 1st Annual Walk for Plumpy’nut began. Thanks to the help of family and friends (the self-proclaimed “Plumpy’nut fanatics”), and the York, Pennsylvania community, we raised over $5,000 to purchase Plumpy’nut for children in Ethiopia. Because of the first walk’s success, I founded a nonprofit called Food for Thought, Inc. to expand upon the walk’s efforts. To date, Food for Thought has raised over $15,000 to feed children in Ethiopia! I knew that Plumpy’nut was capable of saving lives, but I never realized how much it would change mine.
I found that in three years of fundraising, I was still surprised when I talked to someone who had heard of Plumpy’nut. Now I realize that I need to turn this surprise into action by spreading the word about this lifesaving food. While Plumpy’nut is only a temporary solution to a global crisis, it is still a huge and essential step forward. We have the ability to end hunger. We can’t afford to continue to lose generations of children to preventable causes – it is time to change the world one tiny belly at a time.
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