Richard Proudfit's humanitarian organization, Kids Against Hunger will deliver 40 million meals to children in countries all over the world this year and next year they plan to double production to 80 million meals.
The group was started in the mid 1980s after Richard Proudfit volunteered in Honduras during Hurricane Fifi and saw the destruction it caused. Within a few years he had sold his profitable plastic business and was shipping food around the world to children.
In this the first of several reports on social entrepreneurship, NewsHour correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro shows the entire food distribution process, from small-scale funding with volunteers around the United States, (mostly in churches and community groups), to using United States Coast Guard for shipping.
"The children, they were literally dying all around me. And the mother was carrying, and they were dying right in their arms. And I says, I have to come back to Minnesota, and see what can I do." --Richard Proudfit, founder of Kids Against Hunger
"Because I just can see those kids -- my kids in those kids. It makes me sad." --Volunteer
"So, we have connections in over 40 countries. And if they're looking for an outlet for their food, an NGO to distribute it through, we tried to help them with that service as well." --Michael Lloyd, Director of Kids Against Hunger
1. Where are some of the areas of the world where people are hungry?
2. What is an entrepreneur?
1. What do you eat every day? How is it different from what these children eat? Who makes your food?
2. Why did Richard Proudfit start this meal program? Does he get anything out of running this program? Do you think you would want to start a similar program?
3. Why is such widespread hunger absent in the United States but present in many other countries countries? What are some of the differences between the United States and Haiti?
4. How do you think the hunger problem in Haiti could be solved permanently?