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Mana saluted for hunger fight


A south Georgia nonprofit has been recognized for addressing global hunger and malnutrition. Fitzgerald-based MANA Nutrition has been honored with a Smart Power Innovation recognition from the Washington, D.C.-based Global Leadership Coalition.

Officials say the organization produces a fortified paste made of peanut butter, milk and vitamins that can help save children from starvation.

Officials say the group can produce up to 25,000 packets per hour - which is enough to feed 1,500 starving children per day.

"In about two and half years, we've saved close a half million children. So every case we produce we look at that as saving one child," said Loris Jarvis, Plant manager.

MANA was also nominated for Georgia's Manufacturer of the Year.

MANA Nutrition CEO Mark Moore said in a statement he's seen the effects of malnutrition from spending nine years in Uganda and the organization owes some of its success to a partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development.

MANA's nutrition packets are distributed in several countries including Sudan, Rwanda and North Korea.

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