Cost of One "Happy Meal"
March 31, 2016
BENEFITING: EMBRACE A VILLAGE
Our Goal is to give away an incremental 50,000 high protein bars towards our mission to address the nutritional challenges for the undernourished including children and the aged in India. Each bar costs about 15 cents.
A lot of research has gone into the formulation of our bars to ensure use of locally sourced vegetable ingredients. Bars in various flavors deliver 5 gm of protein per serving. At present we are donating about 3000+ Happy Bars per week. We are reaching children whose families are impacted by leprosy, aids, street children in slums, orphanages, and the abandoned aged.
History of Happy Bar
This program arose from the collective experiences of Jack Kennedy, Ph.D. agriculture, working with nutrition programs for Embrace A Village leprosy services and Alice (Clare) Augustine, Ph.D. Biology, working with Infant Jesus Aids Orphanage. Seeing that protein deficiency is rampant in children living in poverty, they tried several approaches to supplement protein before developing a simple recipe that children loved and parents approved.
In 2014 over 250 kids were evaluated for growth and general well-being over 18 months with very good results. The average child gain 7-10 percentile in BMI against their all India peers.
Benefits of Protein
Adding protein is always beneficial to a substandard diet at any age. Benefits include physical growth, brain development, and optimal tissue repair. Protein helps with better antibody, hormone, enzyme and connective tissue production. Protein helps fight depression, protects cognitive levels and boosts memory power. It leads to better heart health, lower cholesterol and may fight cancers. Peanuts are a great source of antioxidants.