One out of every three children under the age of five in Haiti has stunted growth and brain development due to malnutrition. Six out of ten are anemic. Malnutrition is the leading cause of death in children in Haiti. Some 55% of Haiti’s 9 million people live below the poverty line of $1 US a day. Natural disasters, political upheaval, unemployment, and high food prices all make finding enough food to feed their children nearly impossible for many parents. Every week Haitian Christian Mission works to help meet this most basic of needs for the people it serves in Haiti. School children in the HCM schools that have sponsorship programs receive a hot, fresh lunch each day. As we are able, we distribute rice, beans, oil, peanut butter, and other staples to desperate families in rural Haiti. Our peanut butter factory is made on campus in Haiti and is distributed to people in need and will be sold in stores.