Malnutrition And Food Aid Programs: A Case Study From Guatemala Page: 61
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Food For Peace Act (PL-480) of 1977. It should be noted here that all
food aid given to Guatemala by the Unite. States is appropriated under
CARE, with the permission of the Ministry of Public Health, oper-
ates a nationwide food program in Guatemala aimed at the identification
of malnourished persons and, through donated foods and education re-
lated to nutrition and hygiene, attempts to eradicate the problem of
malnutrition. This program is generally referred to as Maternal-Child
Health (MCHC) Care. It is directed at pregnant and lactating mothers
and children under the age of six since it is in these two groups that
the consequences of malnutrition are most serious.
Though the food distributed is donated by the United States govern-
ment, these food products are always referred to as products de CARE
(CARE products) for two reasons: first, the packaging is written in
English (and most people in Guatemala do not speak English) and, second-
ly, CARE distributes these products, not the U. S. government. The
program itself is administered by local health officials and/or person-
nel. The beneficiaries receive eight pounds of food products per
month per eligible individual. The products consist of two pounds of
powdered skim milk, two pounds of CSM (corn-soy-milk powder), two
pou; ds of wheat flour, one pound of rice-soy mix (high protein), and
one pound (approximately one-half liter) of oil (peanut or soy). Rarely,
however, do tlhe IweneficIartes receive tilce fu.ll amount ccauisu f oif in-
sufficient supplies. Usually, they receive the maximum available,
about six to seven pounds per person.
In order to receive the CARE products, each beneficiary has to
comply with certain requirements:
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Rodeheaver, Daniel Gilbert, 1954-; Bates, Frederick L. & Murphy, Arthur D. Malnutrition And Food Aid Programs: A Case Study From Guatemala, report, May 1982; (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc84342/m1/74/: accessed June 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Public Affairs and Community Service.