Lubuagan, Kalinga- With the opening of 19 Child Development Centers (CDC) in Lubuagan this school year, a total of 401 kids are to receive supplementary goods as one of the means to end the occurrence of malnutrition.
The distribution and provision of goods are made possible through the Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP) by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) - Kalinga.
According to Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer Ophelia Addom, the supplementary goods are a big help to improve and sustain the nutritional status of young children ages 2-5 years old in the municipality amidst the pandemic.
She disclosed that the goods allocated were chicken, fish, healthy snacks, and rice.
Implementation of the feeding program
The feeding schedule shall be based on a prepared meal cycle or menu given by DSWD.
The preparation shall be done in their community kitchen or in the CDCs. But when the situation necessitates it, the food supplements shall be equally divided among the children to be prepared by their guardians or parents at home.
The feeding program runs for 120 days and is managed by the teachers, parents, and the Municipal Local Government Unit through a house-to-house distribution set-up to limit the face-to-face interaction of children.
MSWDO Addom said that the parents were given checklists for the profile of their children in order to determine the improvement of their nutritional status or health.
The CDCs that provide the SFP program in the municipality are 2 centers in Poblacion, 2 in Dangoy, 1 in Manangol, 2 in Mabilong, 3 in Upper Uma, 3 Lower Uma, 3 Western Uma, 2 Tanglag and 1 in Mabungtot.
The said program already started last Monday, September 22, 2021.
What is the supplementary feeding program?
The Supplementary Feeding Program is the provision of food, in addition to the regular meals, to currently enrolled daycare center children. This is in the form of hot meals, as recommended by Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), and served during break time to children in daycare centers.
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