- Associated Press - Thursday, June 12, 2014

FITZGERALD, Ga. (AP) - A south Georgia nonprofit has been recognized for addressing global hunger and malnutrition.

Fitzgerald-based MANA Nutrition has been honored with a Smart Power Innovation recognition from the Washington, D.C.-based Global Leadership Coalition.

Officials say the organization produces a fortified paste made of peanut butter, milk and vitamins that can help save children from starvation. Officials say the group can produce up to 25,000 packets per hour - which is enough to feed 1,500 starving children per day.

MANA Nutrition CEO Mark Moore said in a statement he’s seen the effects of malnutrition from spending nine years in Uganda and the organization owes some of its success to a partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development.

MANA’s nutrition packets are distributed in several countries including Sudan, Rwanda and North Korea.

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