Complete nutrition and appropriate care are essential in the growth and development of children, especially in their first 1,000 days. This is why the Metrobank Foundation supports Caritas Manila’s “Integrated Nutrition Program” for food supplementation and access.
Through a grant assistance of PhP 780,000.00, 100 pregnant and lactating mothers from Port Area and Tondo in Manila were each given Manna pack rice, a plant-based meal which is rich in micro and macro nutrients. They also received meat, fruits, and vitamin supplements. These women will also be provided with tools and undergo training about hydroponics home gardening to ensure sustainable food access.
Among the beneficiaries of the program is 21-year-old Mayet. In an interview, she said that she is grateful to Metrobank Foundation and Caritas Manila for their support to pregnant women like her. “Thank you sa tulong nila. Sana ay ipagpatuloy pa nila [ang programang ito] dahil maganda ang tulong na ito, lalo na sa mga bata,” she stated.
By improving the overall health and wellness of its beneficiaries who live below poverty line, the program aims to contribute to the growth of children and help them rise out of poverty, eventually making them productive members of the society. The program will run for 180 days or six months.