Caloocan Mayor Enrico Echiverri said that the local government’s supplementary feeding program has benefited around 18,439 students from various learning centers in the locality.
Echiverri said the supplemental feeding program is in line with the thrust of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), particularly under the Millennium Development Goal eradicating hunger and poverty incidents in the country.
The six-month feeding program kicked off last October and to last until March 2012.
The funding for the program was sourced from the DSWD, with assistance from the Caloocan city government.
Under the program, rice was sourced directly from the National Food Authority (NFA).
The positive effects of the supplemental feeding program can already be seen on the students, making them more alert and less prone to tardiness and absences.
Complete meals consisting of rice, fish, vegetables and meat, arranged creatively on a plate, are usually served to the children.