This past week, Luke Mysse flew out to Atlanta to meet up with his StopSAM co-founder Mike Levison. Among other things, Luke and Mike spent time discussing future plans and goals for the organization.
The StopSAM team also had the great privilege of traveling to the MANA Nutrition plant (four hours south of Atlanta for a tour), but more importantly, Mike and Luke presented a $5,000 check, which buys almost 13,000 lifesaving packets, to the MANA staff. This was made possible by your efforts and generous donations, and the StopSAM team can't thank you enough.
Luke and Mike also learned how RUTF was made and met the amazing MANA staff. "You got this feeling that you were somewhere special when you were walking around; this wasn't just any factory. The smell of peanut butter, the sound of the machines spitting out packets and an overall sense of purpose. The company culture was great. Every person I met there knew how special this place was. They knew they were saving lives," said Luke.
MANA now produces over 250,000 packets a day, but has plenty of room for expansion. What that means is they have bandwidth to produce more as StopSAM continues raising money and awareness.
Mike and Luke were joined on the tour by Rick, Luke's dad, and Mike's two daughters, Cari and Naomi. As a college senior, Cari has been instrumental in starting StopSAM’s high school club program, and Naomi is leading one of the first clubs at her high school. It's great to see young people give a voice to those suffering from SAM.
The StopSAM team looks forward to many updates like this. Remember, 100% of the money raised goes to buy packets. Let's keep up the great work!