Food for Thought’s Walk for Plumpy’Nut
On October 18, 2009, Food for Thought held its Third Annual Walk for Plumpy’nut fundraiser.
Despite the cold and rain, over 60 local residents and students from York, Pennsylvania participated in the event which raised $4300 to support the purchase of Plumpy’nut, a peanut-based nutrition supplement for severely malnourished children, used in emergency nutrition programs in Africa.
Food for Thought, a non-profit organization started by high school students in York, brings awareness of hunger and poverty issues particularly of children to the general public. One of its founding members, Elizabeth Stoltz, read about Concern’s pioneer work with Plumpy’nut and initiated the Walk for Plumpy’nut fundraisers while in high school. Now, Elizabeth, a freshman at Ithaca College, is continuing her efforts to raise awareness and money to help improve the lives of children around the world.
As one participant, Marie, highlighted, “It was wonderful seeing all those people arrive that early Sunday morning; coming not because they had to, but because they chose to. Their care and concern knew no boundaries and the Walk enabled us to serve those who were half a world away. It was a perfect example of the good of humanity coming together to help those who need it most through an enjoyable activity and a wonderful event.”
Through the annual Walk for Plumpy’nut fundraisers, Food for Thought has raised $15,000 to feed over 1,000 severely malnourished children in Ethiopia through Concern’s Community-based Therapeutic Care programs.