SewHope has sent almost one million nutritious meals to Guatemala!
Kids Against Hunger Food Assistance
Unfortunately, there is a tremendous amount of hunger and malnutrition throughout the communities where we work. Our family and community gardens have not yet grown large enough to meet that need. Therefore, SewHope also provides Kids Against Hunger nutritious meals to those most vulnerable to the effects of malnutrition (children, pregnant women, and nursing mothers) and those families most poor. We realize this assistance is not a permanent solution and our goal is to help Guatemalans become food sufficient while reducing the acute hunger needs.
Kids Against Hunger is a nonprofit humanitarian food aid organization based in Omaha, Nebraska whose mission is to significantly reduce the number of starving children around the world. Their meals are packaged in the U.S. by civic groups and other organizations and provide a rich source of protein, carbohydrates, vegetables, minerals, and vitamins that is flavorful and enjoyed by Guatemalans. SewHope is partnering with a KAH affiliate based in Detroit, Michigan that has provided us with over 50,000 meals. Kids Against Hunger is a nonprofit humanitarian food aid organization whose mission it is to significantly reduce the number of starving children around he world.
In 2009, a small group of people from Toledo, Ohio joined with SewHope to start a local satellite of Kids Against Hunger in order to obtain nutritious food that could be shipped to the malnourished children in the villages of Guatemala that we are working in. Those involved in the work of SewHope saw an emergency need for adequate nutrition for the children in this region. While we realize that a long term solution to solving the problem of malnutrition is complex and involves much more than these meals, we see that this program is clearly addressing the immediate need and allowing children not just to survive, but to thrive.
KAH meals provide a rich source of easily digestible protein, carbohydrates, and vitamins needed by a malnourished child's body and mind. The food is well accepted by the communities we work in and the meals offer all nine of the essential amino acids required for complete nutrition - something that can't be said about other typical food relief sources such as rice or beans alone. The food is easy to package and store and easily prepared using only boiling water.
KAH sends its second shipment of food to Guatemala in April, 2011: 380,000 meals total!
Through the great efforts of all the generous KAH contributors, KAH sent it's second shipment of food to Guatemala for a total of 380,000 meals! The food is being distributed among 8 of the poorest schools in the region as well as to families in extreme need.
SewHope and KAH team up to help the thousands of starving after a natural disaster in Guatemala City
SewHope and KAH were proud to be able to present the mayor or Santa Ana, Petén with 50,000 meals to send to the starving people in Guatemala City after a natural disaster struck this spring leaving thousands of people homeless. Here our project coordinator, Ismael Martinez, is documenting the contribution to the government.
Composition of Kids Against Hunger's food:
High-quality white, long-grain rice- Widely recognized as a food staple in most countries of the world
- A complete balanced meal
- Has a long shelf life
- Very high protein content (52%)
- 1 lb. of soy is the equivalent of 3 lbs. of red meat
- Fortification provides nine additional, essential vitamins
- Adds nutritional value, flavor, and color
- Includes 21 essential vitamins and minerals
- Adds flavor (vegetarian chicken flavoring)
The vitamin formula is a proprietary formula and is the "secret sauce" that goes into our food. It includes 21 vitamins and minerals, and each bag of our food contains six servings of the dehydrated food which when boiled will feed six children. According to the food scientists developing the food, it supplies the optimum amount of nutrition for a malnourished child. It provides not just a meal, but better health to starving children. Additionally, our bags are specifically made from moisture-proof and odor-proof material to prevent spoilage and insect or rodent problems. The food bags are also three-ply for strength. Kids Against Hunger's life-saving meals have a shelf life of at least three years.