“The families and children we serve are already living on the edge financially – earning an average of $1 a day. Many of our families tell us when food prices rose this year, they couldn’t cope with stretching their meager earnings any further and have come to us for help,” said Kathryn Osborn, Health Program Officer for Children International.
In a report on nutrition rehabilitation, Osborn says the number of children suffering from malnutrition and entering the organization’s nutrition rehabilitation program has risen 12.5% over the past year. Of those children, 93% were suffering from moderate to severe malnutrition.
Children International’s President and CEO Jim Cook said, “Especially during these uncertain times, we serve as a safety net until poor families can get back on their feet. There are so many children now receiving the nutritious food and assurance they need.”
Those families now are relying on Children International’s nutrition programs to help. One such program provides for emergency family support or food vouchers for up to three months to help families. Vouchers help families affected by extreme circumstances, family crises like unemployment or death with much needed relief. The program also works with schools to ensure children living in high-risk areas receive at least one nutritious meal each day. The organization also provides other families with ready to use therapeutic foods along with family education on affordable and nutritious cooking techniques.