Good Spread and the Manabego Explosion

While at Pepperdine I got to have a great conversation with Mark Moore, CEO and Founder of MANA Nutrition.

I wrote about MANA last fall when the Manabago came to visit ACU. MANA Nutrition is an organization that makes and provides RUTF--Ready to Use Therapeutic Food--which is designed specifically to treat kids diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition (SAM). RUTF is  fortified peanut butter that is given over a six- to eight-week period (three MANA packets a day) to bring a SAM child back from the brink of death.

To help raise awareness about MANA, RUTF, and SAM Alex Cox and Mark Slagle got in a 1971 Winnebego--affectionately named the Manabego--to tour the country. Alex, Mark and Manabego visited ACU last fall and allowed my boys and I to go inside and check out their sweet ride.

Unfortunately, at Pepperdine Mark informed me that, later in the trip, the Manabego blew up. Right outside the Pepperdine campus. Footage below.

Undaunted, Mark and Alex continued their tour, hitchhiking to each stop to keep spreading the word.

And there is more. Mark and Alex have now started a company--Good Spread. Good Spread works with a "buy one, give one" model. Buy a packet of Good Spread peanut butter for yourself or your family and you buy a packet of MANA for SAM child.

The Good Spread story, along with footage of the Manabego explosion:

The Good Spread Story from Good Spread on Vimeo.

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2 thoughts on “Good Spread and the Manabego Explosion”

  1. Super cool story. Amazing how much a difference two friends can make. Everyone needs to pass this message along.

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