Hungry Tummies is a simple program that aims to put food in the bellies of hungry children during the school day. Not only does this program encourage children to attend school, but for some, this meal might be the only food they receive that day. Malnutrition is a serious threat to the children of La Gonâve. 1 out of 3 children are underweight, and 1 out of 5 children die before the age of 6.
It is common on La Gonâve for children to go for days without food and to have no idea when their next meal might be. Children who suffer from malnutrition are at risk for other complications, such as not being able to fight a simple infection or illness. The Hungry Tummies Project was created to address the needs of the most vulnerable children on the island. It also provides young children suffering from malnutrition with Plumpy Nut, a life-saving peanut butter paste.