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Samaritan's Purse helps feed those in need worldwide

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(Read caption) Children eat in front of a huge pile of bananas in La Paz, Bolivia. A school-feeding program run by Samaritan's Purse delivers food to 72 rural schools with 28,000 children while helping Bolivian farmers grow crops.

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In the mountainous rural communities of Bolivia, thousands of children receive food through a school-feeding program implemented by Samaritan's Purse.

Samaritan's Purse is a faith-based organization that has been working since 1970 to support communities impacted by natural disaster, war, disease, and famine. Through food-security programs, Samaritan's Purse works to bring nutritious food to impoverished communities while helping them develop economically sustainable agricultural practices.

In Bolivia, where 23 percent of the population is undernourished, the school-feeding program delivers food to 72 rural schools while helping farmers who struggle to grow crops. Many children, up to 30 percent in the Chucananqu region, do not have access to milk, eggs, or meat. Through the school-feeding program, which purchases food from local businesses, 28,000 children under the age of 14 receive food that is high in protein, fiber, and essential vitamins.

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Two of the businesses that supply food for the program were set up by Samaritan's Purse. The Andean Grains Processing Center processes local crops that are brought in by local families and then purchased for the feeding program. Samaritan's Purse also built a meat-processing center that helps local herders sell their food. The Samaritan's Purse also trains parents to prepare healthy meals for their children. Through this initiative they created a cookbook with recipes using local food. Samaritan's Purse also helps parents track their children’s nutritional health by training more than 580 local volunteers to record the children’s height and weight every month.


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