Saving More Lives with Oats

We’re very excited to share news of the latest research on how we can save the lives of more children with a simple recipe change. Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) is the gold standard for treating severe acute malnutrition across the globe. It is a peanut-based nutrient rich paste that can be administered at home to bring children back from the brink of starvation. Recent clinical trials with our partner Project Peanut Butter have revealed that adding oats makes the treatment even more effective.

The international standard for RUTF uses a binding additive derived from hydrogenated vegetable oil. This additive prevents the oil from separating and improves the consistency of RUTF. However, research has shown that it also can damage the gut lining of the children (see graphic below). The damage is inconsequential for a healthy child, but for a malnourished child it can result in breeches that allow bacteria to leak into the body and cause infection.

In the picture above the red dots are bacteria, the green is mucous and purple is gut tissue. ‘CMC ‘is RUTF with hydrogenated oil additive. ‘Water’ is a picture of  normal gut health. In RUTF with the additive, the red bacteria dots actually enter and cause damage to the gut tissue.

The good news is, by substituting oats in place of hydrogenated vegetable oil, the recovery rate increased by 8% and death decreased by 2%. The oat powder binds with the healthy oil from the peanuts to maintain the right consistency and it’s an even healthier and more nutrient-dense product.

And there’s more good news! Although oat powder isn’t locally produced in the quantities needed, General Mills has generously agreed to donate the surplus oats they purchase for their cereals to be used for RUTF produced in the factory in Malawi.

We need your support to get 75,000lbs of oat powder from General Mills to Malawi to serve 10,500 severely malnourished children.

It costs just $3 per child 

3 shipping containers (25,000lbs oat flour each) x  $10,771 (cost of shipping each container) 

$32,313 (total cost) – $15,500 (already raised) $16,813 GOAL

Will you help us save more lives?


ECF Brings Their Work Home

We are excited about leveraging our success and experience in treating the most extreme cases of hunger in the world to now address hunger at home.

edit1 in 6 children in Northern Virginia struggle with hunger, and that is why Every Child Fed, along with  Life&Honey, are working with Generosity Feeds to provide 10,000 healthy meals to children in Loudoun County.

And we need your help! Check out the ways you can get involved…


#1 –  Donate today! 100% of your donation will go to purchase the healthy ingredients.

#2 – Become a Community Partner! Your partnership will…

  • help purchase the needed ingredients
  • create a fun volunteer opportunity for your employees
  • provide valuable visibility for your good work in the community.

To learn more and lock in your sponsorship contact Lou Generous at 703-599-4060 or

#3 –  Volunteer to pack the ingredients on Sunday November 19th

Sign up and get more information here

A Life Changing Journey (part 3)

uth-sign-3After the clinic, we headed to the hospital where the complicated cases of severe malnutrition are referred. This was where one of the little girls I saw earlier at the clinic went.  When she came into the clinic she was hanging on to her life by a thread.  She was 27 months old and only weighed 8 pounds. Like most people, I had seen pictures and video of the tiny babies that are just skin and bones, but there’s nothing that could prepare me to see it in real life. Her frail body was moving so slow, and her little cry sounded like she was in so much pain. It’s impossible to really describe, but it was heart breaking.

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