DSWD continues supplementary feeding in evacuation centers, transitional sites in Zamboanga PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 April 2014 11:19

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Thursday said that they will continue to boost supplementary feeding to children in evacuation centers and transitional sites that were affected by the Zamboanga siege .

DSWD Secretary Corazon J. Soliman said the supplementary feeding program will ensure that the said children are well nourished or their nutritional status are being improved and sustained to prevent them (children) from becoming malnourished and underweight.

Soliman cited that from the DSWD’s record as of Sept. 2013 to December 2013, about 849 children from the evacuation centers and transitional sites in Zamboanga City had benefited from the said program.

Data showed majority of the children that benefited from the program are those that are staying in Joaquin F. Enriquez Grandstand in Zamboanga, the biggest of the evacuation sites where majority of the affected victims seek refuge during the early part of the siege that started last year (September 9, 2013).

She added that to further enhance the feeding program, they will feed the children two meals a day.

“The additional budget for that will come from Julie’s Bakeshop which committed to donate Php 2.00 for the feeding program of DSWD out of a sale from every loaf of bread they sold which was stipulated in our partnership with them last year,” explained the DSWD chief.

She added that they will do the same for the survivors’s children in Yolanda affected areas in Eastern Visayas to ensure that children survivors continue to get the right nutritional requirements to keep their body and mind healthy and strong.

Supplementary feeding program is the provision of of food in addition to the regular meals being taken by the children benefiting from the program.

The said foods are served during break or snack time.

DSWD is also conducting the said program in collaboration with the Department of Education (DepEd) especially for children in daycare centers and those in Supervised Neighborhood Play.

It is part of DSWD’s contribution to the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) program of the government that ensures severely underweight school children get the right nutritional status using indigenous foods or locally produced foods equivalent to 1/3 of recommended Energy and Nutrient Intake (RENI).

The program also aims to improve the knowledge, attitude and practices of children as well as their parents and caregivers as the parents themselves take part in the preparation of the hot meals that are served to the children.