Eat This Peanut Butter, Help Save A Child’s Life
Thursday, February 23, 2017
If you order chocolate pretzel peanut spread from a tiny startup based in Boulder, Colorado, you could help save a toddler’s life in South Sudan.
The startup, called Good Spread, was inspired by the fact that peanut butter is part of a simple solution for severe malnutrition in young children: therapeutic food packets originally developed by Doctors Without Borders. These compact packets are “considered the cure to malnutrition,” Alex Cox, one of the founders of Good Spread, tells Co.Exist. “It’s peanut butter, milk, and vitamins. And three of these a day, for about six weeks, is a full treatment.”
Cox learned about the treatment while working at a nonprofit named Mana, which produces a ready-to-use version of the therapeutic spread in small packets.