Food Charity: Action Against Hunger

July 9, 2010

"Action Against Hunger's (ACF) Maureen Gallagher has a secret weapon, and it tastes like peanut butter. For the past four years, the medical nutrition coordinator has been making sure that Plumpy'nut, a fortified nut and milk paste, gets into the right hands—those of starving children. To get there, she collaborates with local governments from Uganda to Nigeria and provides strategic support to keep ACF's treatment centers running and stocked with Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Foods (RUTF) like Plumpy'nut.

Action Against Hunger, abbreviated as ACF from its French name, was founded in 1979 by a group of French writers, doctors and writers seeking to eradicate world hunger. Today, there are five international headquarters serving some 40 countries, a budget of over 30 million dollars, and most importantly, efforts that reach over 5 million worldwide. Ardent fundraising in developed countries like the U.S. supports the efforts of Gallagher and her colleagues and assures that therapeutic feeding centers stocked with Plumpy'nut."