Every person has the right to be adequately nourished.

We believe that addressing the cyclical nature of hunger and barriers to dependable nutrition for babies, children and families is fundamental to community well-being and potential.


All of our programs support our goal of ending chronic hunger and resolving nutritional shortages for the long term. Our nutrition specific interventions involve a multi-phased approach that starts with immediate provision of food and nutritional training and gradually moves towards increased home and local food production.


Nutrition programs involve every level of the community – leadership, teachers, parents, and children as well as our own staff, external experts and church partners. On a daily basis, households, communities, orphanages, and schools take responsibility for maintaining and executing nutrition programs. Integral to every single nutrition program is the unwavering commitment of mothers and caregivers who are devoted to creating a better future for their children and families.


  • School-aged Feeding: Improves health, school enrollment, attendance, academic performance and gender equity.
  • Infant and Toddler Feeding: Adequate nutrition in the earliest years of a child’s life prevents stunted growth, chronic illness and is vital for healthy social and cognitive development.
  • Nutritional Training for Caregivers: Increases a caregivers commitment, knowledge, and ability to adequately provide for the nutritional needs of her children.
  • Organic Home Gardens: Growing produce at home increases a woman’s ability to provide for her family and also helps diversify the family diet with healthy, nutrient rich fruits, vegetables and herbs.
  • Local Food Procurement: Sourcing food locally supports eventual community and family self-sufficiency by strengthening the market for small local farmers and creating the potential for new job opportunities locally and beyond.

I spent an uplifting week in Nueva Candelaria working with HRI. It’s just so beautiful to see people improve their lives when given the opportunity.

Jim Shrefler, Ph.D Horticulture Specialist
Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service


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