DSWD ends feeding program

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DUE to the Covid-19 pandemic and the absence of the face-to-face classes, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 7 decided a house-to-house delivery of food items to children beneficiaries under Cycle 10 of the agency's Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP.)

Charmaine Camara, DSWD information officer, said for the 10th year of the SFP, they target to feed a total of 114, 505 children aged two to five years old.

"Aron mas dako ang epekto sa program, gi-una sa departamento ang mga under-nourished ug mga batang kulang sa timbang base sa uwahing resulta sa Operation Timbang sa mga barangay," she said.

Leah Quintana, information officer of DSWD 7, said the SFP Cycle 10 started last Nov. 15, 2020, and was scheduled to end today, Jan. 13, 2021.

These children beneficiaries will be weighed again to determine if their nutritional status has improved.

SFP is DSWD's contribution to the Early Childhood Care and Development Program of the government to help improve and sustain the nutritional status of children especially at this time of the pandemic.

This is done through the provision of food to children on top of their regular meals. The food supplementation was served twice a day at snacks or meals, seven days a week for two months.

For this cycle, the DSWD 7 allocated a budget of P206.1 million.

The food items were procured by the DSWD 7 and delivered to all local government units in the region.

The feeding program was managed by the parents based on a prepared meal cycle using the allocated and delivered food supplies./WBS