Northern Food Grade Soybean Association donates soybeans to feed children in Central America

Fargo, ND (August 25, 2015): On Wednesday, August 26, 2015the Northern Food Grade Soybean Association (NFGSA), a non-profit organization of nine regional soybean processing companies, will donate two 20 metric ton containers of food-grade soybeans that will go directly to feed children in Honduras and Guatemala. Loading will take place SK Food Specialty Processing, at 4210 Highway 75 N, Moorhead, MN beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday.  Media is invited to attend. Tara Froemming of SK Food International will be on location and available for interviews and photos. NFGSA member companies participating include Brushvale Seed, Richland IFC, SB &B Foods, SK Food International and SunOpta.

NFGSA is working directly with the World Soy Foundation who has partnered with Food for the Poor for four years to bring much needed nutrition to children in Central America. This donation of two, 20 MT containers of soybeans will be shipped to Guatemala and Honduras to be used by SoyCows to feed thousands of children.

A “SoyCow” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gm3hd1pGIAg) is a processing system that can grind and cook whole soybeans into soymilk to make beverages, soya “cheese” (tofu), yogurt and other soyfoods. The SoyCow can process about 4 pounds of raw soybeans into 4 gallons of nutritious soymilk in about 20 minutes. The insoluble parts of the bean can be used to enhance the nutrition of local foods, such as breads, patties, stews and other blends.

One in four children in Honduras is chronically malnourished; that rate rises to one in two children in Guatemala. These soybeans will be processed into soy beverages and foods in both countries and served in orphanages, child care centers, clinics and elsewhere to help provide valuable protein to children in need.

The World Soy Foundation is a 501c3 charitable organization that reduces malnutrition through the power of soy. More information is available at www.worldsoyfoundation.org. Food for the Poor is the third-largest international relief and development organization in the nation and feeds millions of hungry people in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America.  

NFGSA’s mission is to promote and support the health and growth of northern food-grade soybean production by providing leadership and value to its members and the marketplace. Food-grade soybean acreage accounts for approximately 10% of soybean production in North Dakota and about 500,000 acres in the Red River Valley. Varieties are grown for soymilk, tofu and Natto. Learn more at www.nfgsa.org

 

For more information, contact Tara Froemming of SK Food International at 701.200.9419 or taraf@skfood.com or Katie Pinke of NFGSA at 701.261.9494 or katpinke@gmail.com.