Mercy Meals provide carbohydrates, protein, vitamins and minerals by utilizing a mixture of rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables, chicken flavored vitamin and mineral powder.
All of the essential amino acids needed for complete nutrition are present.
Packages serve up to 6 children with all of the essential nutrients needed to reverse malnutrition.
Each meal costs approximately 12 cents.
Poor nutrition plays a role in at least half of the 10.9 million child deaths each year -- over 5 million deaths. In developing countries, almost one out of every 15 children will die before they reach the age of five.
The main cause of child hunger is poverty. Extreme poverty remains an alarming problem in the world.
Children suffer most from hunger, also referred to as malnutrition or undernutrition. There are two basic types of malnutrition that are targeted with the food prepared by Mercy Meals:
- Protein-energy malnutrition - the lack of enough protein (from meat and other sources) and food that provides energy (measured in calories) which are supplied by all the basic food groups.
- Micronutrient - vitamin and mineral deficiency.
More information about the meals is available at: Mercy Meals of Nebraska.
Meals have been shipped and shared with these areas:
The Navajo Indian Nation
Local Food Pantries
Disaster Relief Centers