Children from Barangay Masalong happily pose with their lunch boxes from MBFI and FHP Supplemental Feeding Program Kick Off last July 29, 2022.
Camarines Norte — For 120 schoolchildren in barangays Masalong and Calangcawan Sur, the opening of classes also marks the beginning of a four-month school-based supplemental feeding program led by Food for the Hungry Philippines (FHP) in partnership with the Metrobank Foundation, Inc.(MBFI).
The program was launched to help address malnutrition in the country, where every day, an average of 95 Filipino children die from lack of proper nutrients while one out of three are stunted or small for their age. Together with the feeding initiatives of the Department of Education (DepEd), MBFI and FHP’s feeding program will run for 120 days. Healthy meals consisting of five out of the eight important food groups as prescribed by the National Nutrition Council will be given to students aged between 6-12, who are identified as underweight or stunted.
Parents and caregivers will also attend bi-monthly nutrition education classes conducted by FHP to promote good eating habits within families even beyond the program’s culmination in December. The classes will integrate practical lessons on responsible parenthood, and financial literacy through saving.
The activity’s kickoff was held last July 28 and 29 in celebration of Nutrition Month, and were attended by representatives of DepEd, partner schools, Municipal Government and Health Office, Food for the Hungry (FH) Asia Regional Director Craig Jaggers, and Metrobank Daet Branch representatives Vlady Gocon and Cristina Hernandez.
MBFI’s Executive Director Nicanor Torres shared that it is during pressing times that collaborations must be made to end hunger. “May all of us here remain united and continue to excel in our service to our partners, [and] engage with our beneficiaries with love and compassion. Let us continue to grow, nourish, and sustain the underserved Filipinos,” he added. MBFI committed Php 428,400 for the health initiative.
Food for the Hungry Philippines is a non-government organization following God’s call in serving the most vulnerable. FHP currently supports almost 13,000 children and their families through community initiatives in
Education, Health, Food Security and Livelihood, and Disaster Risk Reduction. The organization is part of the larger FH Association operating in at least 20 countries to end all forms of poverty through capacity building and uplifting the lives of children hand in hand with families, churches, and community leaders towards mutual transformation and development.
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Press Release courtesy of Food for the Hungry Philippines