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VitaCereal - How to cook it

VitaCereal - preparing the food

It is simple to prepare. You just mix with water and stir, adding local fruit such as bananas, to make it more appealing to kids.

VitaCereal - cooking it on the fire

When the mixture is ready it is cooked for about 15 minutes. Demonstrations are given regularly at the health centre.

VitaCereal - easy to make

The preparation has to be easy because mothers in poor areas such as Rabinal have limited cooking facilities.

VitaCereal - how does it taste?

One of the key ingredients is maize, a staple of the Guatemalan diet. Children clearly like the taste.

VitaCereal - the product

VitaCereal is made by three Guatemalan companies for WFP, according to a recipe developed by WFP nutritionists.

VitaCereal - better breast milk

Mothers who supplement their own diets with VitaCereal say that their babies are born healthier and their breast milk is better.

VitaCereal - proud mother

Gregoria Sanchez, 20, is proud of the size of her 8-month-old baby, who has recently started eating VitaCereal himself.

VitaCereal - worth the long walk

Gregoria has to walk 3 km to pick up her rations of VitaCereal. But she understands its importance for her family and does it willingly.

VitaCereal - distribution point

VitaCereal is often distributed at out of the way community centres such as this Mother and Child Health Centre in La Ceiba, near Rabinal in the Baja Verapaz province. It is a poor area, where families live on $2-3 a day.

VitaCereal - mothers at the centre

The VitaCereal supplied by WFP is an incentive that encourages mothers come to the centre regularly. The centre also serves to provide vaccinations, regular health checks for kids and training for mothers on feeding and other childcare issues.

Discover how VitaCereal is used in Guatemala to feed kids that lack fortified food.