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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.

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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.