AT least 5,000 children from San Remigio town in northern Cebu will be provided with lunch for 120 days, subsidized by different local government units and the Provincial Government.
The children who will be included in the feeding program are from day care centers, Supervised Neighborhood Play (SNP) groups, malnourished children, and all kindergarten and Grade 1 pupils.
About P9 million has been budgeted for the program, called Kusina sa Kahimsog ug Pag-amuma (KKP) and inspired by the Kusina ng Kalinga project of Gawad Kalinga.
The KKP is a pilot project in Cebu Province, in partnership with different stakeholders that include Gawad Kalinga, Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and the local government of San Remigio.
It aims to make the children of San Remigio well nourished and more active in their studies, and help them enjoy their right to quality education. It also aims to educate the parents and teachers on proper nutrition and food preparation.
The KKP project intends to help local farmers’ organizations and cooperatives, who will be asked to supply products needed for the feeding program. There will be two centralized kitchens managed by parents, teachers, and volunteers.
If it succeeds, the project will be replicated in other local governments in Cebu Province.
The idea grew from an End the Hunger Summit organized by Gawad Kalinga, which San Remigio then approached as possible partners.
Melinda Cañarez, DSWD 7’s Supplementary Feeding Program focal person, said it’s intended to help children stay in school, as well as educate their parents about the need for nutrition.
Gawad Kalinga Cebu Head Antonio “Toby” Florendo mentioned that the meal plan prepared for the children of San Remigio was formulated by nutrition experts from Ateneo de Manila University and emphasizes vegetables. He has high hopes that the residents will continue the project, which has succeeded in Quezon City and Valenzuela, among others.
Gov. Hilario Davide III encouraged volunteers to join and support the project. (John Paul Fajardo, USJ-R Intern)