How do I know the meal is being given?
On a regular basis, Two Degrees purchases meals ranging from chick-pea and lentil based nutrient-dense foods to ready-to-use therapeutic foods formulated to fight severe acute malnutrition. We purchase these meals, whenever possible and in the vast majority of cases, in the region they are distributed to children in need. For example, for our first distribution we purchased nutrition packs from Valid Nutrition (which were produced in Malawi) and then Partners in Health distributed them in Malawi and Kenya.
What does the name mean?
Two Degrees refers to the connection we create between consumers and a hungry child—they are only two degrees apart.
Is shipping included in the price per unit for retailers?
Yes, as long as they order at least 1 case (54 bars)
What is the minimum order available to retailers?
One case, or six caddies.
Are you a non-profit company?
We are a socially-minded for-profit enterprise. We’re committed to fighting childhood hunger around the world and believe that a for-profit model can provide a sustainable solution. We believe being structured as a self-sustaining for-profit will allow us to deliver the most meals to children.
Is your packaging recyclable?
Yes, our caddies are made from 100% recycled paperboard, though the individual bar wrappers are not.
Where are Two Degrees bars made?
Two Degrees bars were developed in Boulder, CO by our Chef and bar guru, Barr Hogan, in her kitchen. They are produced in Carson City, NV, and distributed from our fulfillment facility in California.
How many bars are in a caddy? In a case? On a pallet?
There are 9 bars in a caddy, 6 caddies in a case, and 120 cases on a pallet.
What are the ingredients of Two Degrees bars?
*Just check out your demo info ring or a bar!
What are the nutrition facts of a Two Degrees bar?
Are your bars Organic?
While some of the ingredients we use are organic, the bars are not certified Organic. As our primary goal is to give away as many nutrition packs as possible, we had to make the tough decision to forgo becoming certified organic for the time being due to the high costs associated with sourcing all organic ingredients. Our bars are all-natural, gluten free, vegan, kosher and low-sodium.
Where do the ingredients come from?
We sustainably source our ingredients from small, local farms whenever possible. Our almonds come from a California cooperative farm. Our cherries are sourced from a small farm in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Our apples are provided by a grower-owned agricultural cooperative in Selah, Washington. Our pecans come from a family-owned business in Eugene, Oregon. Our quinoa is Fair Trade Certified from Bolivia and Peru.
Who are the founders of the company?
Will Hauser, our President and co-founder, is a 25-year-old Harvard graduate who led Harvard Student Agencies, the largest student-run business in the world, before going to Goldman Sachs for a year. Lauren Walters, our CEO and co-founder is an experienced entrepreneur, investor and advisor to many companies and non-profits. Both knew that working to reduce malnutrition would have a lasting impact on the lives of children. While NGOs and generous donors were making a difference, Will and Lauren believe that translating ordinary purchases into specific donations of nutrition packs could make an even greater impact on the lives of children.
Can I sell my samples inventory?
Two Degrees samples are not intended for resell as a donation is not connected with those bars. Please consult with a Two Degrees team member for special cases.
What is malnutrition?
Malnutrition is the condition that occurs when a person’s body is not getting enough nutrients. The condition may result from an inadequate or unbalanced diet, digestive difficulties, absorption problems or other medical conditions. Two Degrees specifically focuses on helping children suffering from moderate to severe acute malnutrition. This is the most advanced and deadliest form of malnutrition. Over 6 million children under the age of five die annually from malnutrition related diseases.1
What are nutrition packs?
Nutrition packs, or Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Foods as they are commonly referred to in the development community, are a revolutionary treatment for severe acute malnutrition. The RUTF packs Two Degrees donates are made with powdered ingredients (peanuts, milk, oil, sugar, vitamins and minerals) embedded with a lipid rich paste. Because packs are precooked, portable and do not require water for preparation or refrigeration for preservation, treatment has shifted from doctors in hospitals to mothers in homes.
Endorsed by the World Health Organization, they are the most successful and efficient way of treating malnourished children. Despite their success, these nutrition packs only reach a fraction of the children who need them.
How effective is RUTF?
RUTF has been proven to have up to a 95% success rate when treating moderate malnutrition.
How old do you have to be eat RUTF?
At least 6 months old. The WHO currently endorses RUTF for treatment from six months old to under five years.
How is RUTF consumed?
RUTF can be eaten straight from the pack. The consumption of Peanut Formula RUTF (which is the type Two Degrees donates) must be accompanied by drinking water to prevent dehydration.4 However, no other foods are necessary for the rehabilitation of the malnourished child.
How many RUTF sachets constitute a full course of treatment?
An experienced health worker will prescribe a personalized treatment based on a child’s needs. However, the standard course of treatment for moderate to severe acute malnutrition is between two and three RUTF packs per day for a period of four to eight weeks. A severely acute malnourished child will need between 10 to 15 kilograms of RUTF (108-163) packs, given over a period of six to eight weeks.
What about children who are allergic to peanuts?
Peanut allergies are often serious and life threatening. Fortunately, peanut allergies are extremely rare in the developing world. However, to ensure that children will not experience a poor reaction to the RUTF, they are given a spoonful of RUTF (and a sip of water) at the clinic, or in the front of the health worker, and observed for any negative reactions.
Why do we donate locally produced RUTF?
There are many advantages to the local production of RUTF. In crisis situations local production can be responsive to the dynamics of the crisis and the amount of food produced can be controlled to meet the demands of the situation.
Another important aspect about local production is that locally grown peanuts, oil and sugar can be purchased in the country, which supports the local economy. It also ensures lower cost because extraneous tariffs are often placed on imported agriculture or food products.
Additionally, local individuals are hired and trained to work in the RUTF factories. This helps create a sustainable model for the continued production and distribution of RUTF.
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