As part of the “On Our Way to Ending Hunger” program at Hormel Foods, the company has developed Spammy, a shelf-stable poultry product fortified with vitamins and minerals, to help prevent malnutrition in children in Guatemala through a partnership with Food for the Poor and Caritas Arquidiocesana.
Hormel Foods was moved to respond based on these facts:
- Guatemala has the highest rate of chronic malnutrition in our hemisphere.
- Nearly half of all children under age 5 are stunted, the highest rate in the world.
- The rate of chronic child malnutrition in Guatemala is higher than many countries in Africa.
- Over 75% of the people live in poverty.
A longtime leader in shelf-stable protein, Hormel Foods recognized an opportunity to provide support for developing countries that often lack clean water and protein in individuals’ diets.
Since 2009, Food For The Poor and Caritas, a relief organization in Guatemala, have distributed Spammy to children in orphanages and family centers in the country.
At the family centers, the mothers also receive education in the importance of nutrition and how to ensure good health for their children. Because some malnutrition problems start even before a baby is born, mothers-to-be also are given the high-protein product to begin preparing for a healthy baby.
Results have been excellent, including improved energy levels and cognitive skills among the children who have consumed Spammy™ regularly.