'Manabago' coming to combat malnutrition

Posted October 20, 2011

This fall, a 1971 Winnebago has a big mission: saving the lives of 10,000 children. The "Manabago," a project of ready-to-use therapeutic food producer MANA Nutritive Aid, will go from campus to campus and state to state to educate people across the U.S. on the global effects of childhood malnutrition. With a goal of raising enough support to provide 10,000 children with RUTF treatments before Christmas, the Manabago is road-tripping across the nation and will arrive on ACU's campus Monday, Oct. 24.

Manabago operators, Alex Cox and Mark Slagle, will visit ACU Monday to address students and faculty in chapel about the devastating effects of childhood malnutrition and the solutions MANA has offered to the global malnutrition crisis. The team will display their therapeutic feeding center simulation on the campus mall for those who would like to learn more about malnutrition and MANA's work throughout the day.

Cox and Slagle will also speak at a chapel forum in Moody Coliseum on Monday evening from 9-10 pm.

Mother Administered Nutritive Aid, started by Harding alumni CEO Mark Moore and Rwanda Director Bret Raymond, is based in Charlotte, N.C., and, with its southern Georgia factory, has responded to the six million hunger-related childhood deaths that occur each year by producing a peanut-based RUTF for malnourished children around the world. The nonprofit coordinates with several large aid organizations to deliver its RUTF to areas of high malnutrition, with recent distribution in East Africa and Guatemala. Since its inception in 2008, MANA has grown its capabilities to produce enough six-week treatments of RUTF for 10,000 children each month.

Interviews available with CEO Mark Moore and Manabago operators Mark Slagle and Alex Cox.

For more information, contact:
Patterson Maker
MANA Nutrition

Also, please visit www.manabago.com and www.mananutrition.org.