The Joint Feeding Program of JCI Lipa and JCI Perlas Pasay was awarded as the Best Inter-organization Collaboration Project in the 35th South Luzon Area Conference (SOLAC 2015) during the DANGAL Awards Night in Iriga City.
Malnutrition is a global problem which merits its being a priority of JCI initiatives. For the millions of malnourished around the world, poverty is the culprit; but for many family and parents, nutrition illiteracy is the cause.
Contrary to what some people believe, a family doesn’t need a lot of money to properly nourish their children. One only needs enough money and adequate knowledge on nutrition to be able to decide well on which foods to give to children. One simple example is choosing steamed sweet potato over instant noodles.
Poor food intake of children especially during the period of rapid growth could hinder not just full physical growth but also have a huge impact on their mental development. This could gravely affect their performance in school and the possibly of a brighter future.
In Sitio Hillview, JCI Lipa’s adopted community, malnutrition among children is rampant. To address this JCI Lipa and JCI Perlas Pasay joined forces to implement a feeding program titled “Wastong Nutrisyon Panatilihin, Magandang Kinabukasan Abutin.”
This program aims to help improve the nutritional status of kids and emphasize the importance of maintaining good nutrition to achieve a bright future. Led by a JCI Lipa Member Rinka Galang, who is a registered nutritionist/dietitian, children were fed snacks of good nutritional value once a day for a month during their class at the day care. In like manner, mothers in-charge of the preparation of meals were taught the basics of good nutrition so they could apply it at home.
At the end of the month long program, a change in weight and energy of the children is immediately noticed. Fifty percent (50%) of the kids showed improvement in there nutritional status.
On the side of the parents, mothers learned which foods are nutrient dense but cheap and which foods are to be avoided. Aside from knowing the healthy choices, they also now have an idea on the how much food to give for the specific age of their child.