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Providence College alum Roy Peter Clark, known as “America’s Writing Coach” will deliver  the commencement address at PC’s 99th commencement, on Sunday, May 21st at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence.

Clark, from the class of 1970, will receive an honorary doctorate of journalism. While at the college, he was managing editor of the student-run newspaper, the Cowl. After his graduation from PC, he earned a master of arts degree and  doctorate in English.

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A nonprofit that makes nutritional supplements for malnourished children is expanding operations in Rhode Island. Edesia has cut the ribbon on a new 83,000 square-foot manufacturing facility in Quonset Business Park.

Edesia makes packets of what’s called ready-to-use food - essentially a heavily fortified peanut butter meant to treat severe malnutrition in children.

The company says packets were distributed to nearly a million children in 2015, most recently to Syrian refugees and victims of the Ethiopian drought.

A Refugee's Story: From Hunger To Health And Hope

Dec 24, 2013

Refugees from all over the world work at Edesia, a nonprofit manufacturing plant that makes a fortified peanut butter paste for treating malnutrition in kids. You can hear the story I did about Edesia here. While I was touring Edesia's factory and learning about the company's work, I heard much more than I could ever fit into a minutes-long radio story - incredible stories of survival, renewal. Many of them were once recipients of the very aid Edesia now makes.

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

As 2013 comes to a close, it’s time to count our blessings … and a time to look back at the tragedies that struck around the world. The typhoon in the Philippines, a coup in the Central African Republic, the worsening civil war in Syria. In the wake of those crises, millions of children are going hungry and becoming malnourished. But there is a bright spot – and it starts in Providence, where a nonprofit is making a product that can help reverse the crippling effects of malnutrition.

Local Nonprofit Fighting Malnutrition In Philippines

Nov 28, 2013
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Employees at a Rhode Island company are working through the holiday to bring much-needed relief to the Philippines. Edesia manufactures food supplements and a peanut butter paste called Plumpy Nut that reverses the effects of malnutrition. Founder Navyn Salem says the disaster in the Philippines has put many children at risk of malnutrition, and many are starving. So they’ll be working almost around the clock to prepare shipments.