Edesia to Host Opening Ceremony at New Factory

The nonprofit that supplies ready-to-eat food to malnourished children has expanded to Quonset.

Since 2009, Rhode Island-based Edesia has made a peanut-based paste that has helped provide essential nutrition to malnourished children around the world.

Founded by Navyn Salem, the nonprofit is now starting a new chapter with expanded operations. They’ve opened an 83-000-square-foot factory in Quonset Business Park and a ribbon-cutting is scheduled for Monday, May 2. Operations moved there from Providence. The event is not open to the public.

The event will be attended by political leaders and feature tours and a screening of a documentary made about Salem’s recent trips to Liberia and Sierra Leone. Edesia partners with UNICEF, USAID, the World Food Programme and other organizations to provide its ready-to-eat foods to about two million children.