SCHOOL FEEDING PROGRAM
EDITHA L. MANGILIT
Malnutrition is just one of the major concerns that strikes Philippine educational system. The Department of Education took an initiative in partnership with Department of Social Welfare and Development to provide nutritious feeding program for public school learners. Students who were classified as wasted and severely wasted were given school prepared nutritious meal to fight hunger and improve students’health and body. Some schools receive assistance from generous stakeholders from the alumnus, private individuals, school partnership, non-government organizations, industry partners and churches. The community contributes in this advocacy of the DepEd.
Some schools launched “Gulayan sa Paaralan” not only to encourage love for agriculture but most importantly to harvest freshly picked vegetables to supplement feeding programs. Parents are also encourage to join in the preparation of meals to ensure that the children were provided with healthy food and sanitize learning environment. The implementation of this project is indeed a manifestation of developing the child holistically and a sincere and more concrete advocacy to fight malnutrition and poor academic performance. Students will be better in school if these basic needs were provided. No student needs to work just to earn baon or money to buy food.
The author is Teacher
I at Nuestra Señora Del Pilar Integrated