The Hershey Company commits to scaling up nutrition by helping provide basic nutrition to 50,000 schoolchildren in Ghana as part of its new Energize Learning Program.
Statement of Commitments
The Hershey Company, in partnership with the Ghana School Feeding Program and nonprofit organization Project Peanut butter, is implementing Energize Learning, a pilot project to develop and distribute a highly fortified groundnut nutritional supplement called Vivi to more than 50,000 children during the school day beginning in 2015. The purposes of the project are to improve nutrition to students, increase school enrollment, attendance and retention, and boost domestic food production.
In addition, the project is providing modernization skills for rural farmers, as the ultimate goal will be to source all groundnuts locally, having the multiplicative effect of building both farmer food security and children’s nutrition and education. Finally, Hershey also is working with the University of Ghana to evaluate and analyze the outcome of Energize Learning over the next two years.
Energize Learning is part of the Hershey Company’s broader commitment to Nourishing Minds.
The Vivi supplement, produced in the Hershey-funded Project Peanut Butter factory in Kumasi, Ghana, has been found to increase the daily caloric intake for hungry children by 25 percent. Distribution will initially be prioritized to school feeding programs in the vicinity of the Kumasi factory and in the northern region of Ghana, where child malnutrition rates are highest. For more information please visit Nourshing Minds