With no face-to-face class, government eyes house-to-house feeding program

  • Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said they are planning to implement house-to-house feeding programs for students
  • This came after a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed that some 5.2 million families experienced involuntary hunger in the past three months
  • Nograles said the government has a national food policy roadmap but implementing it is an issue during the pandemic since most supplemental feeding programs are conducted in schools for children

The national government shared that they are eyeing the possibility of house-to-house feeding programs for school children.

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Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said the government would want to continue the supplemental feeding program for school children even if the country shifts to blended learning. Since face-to-face classes are only limited to areas with low cases of COVID-19, the government is planning a program that would bring food packs to the houses of impoverished children.

“Kahit na walang face-to-face classes, we will still push for this supplemental feeding programs para sa mga kids sa daycares, pati sa Department of Education,” Nograles told ANC.

“We need to do it house-to-house. Kailangan iyong grocery packs o food packs na ibibigay natin, bahay-bahay,” he said.

The food aid should contain nutritious foods developed by the Department of Science and Technology – Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST- FNRI) like nutri-buns and ready-to-eat meals like instant arroz caldo or smoked fish packs, and “add-hot-water” food packs.

“That way, we ensure natin na hindi lang sila makakakain nang tama, nutritious din,” Nograles said.

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He said the agency has to partner with local governments to look for production centers for these food products.

Nograles’ statement came after a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed that some 5.2 million families experienced involuntary hunger in the past three months. The official said the government assured they have a national food policy roadmap in addressing the country’s hunger problems. Nograles said the issue is the implementation as the COVID-19 pandemic continues since different supplemental food programs are usually conducted in schools for students.