The success of the city’s Supplemental Feeding Program greatly improved the nutritional status of the children in Malabon City, leading to its victories in the regional level of the National Nutrition Council Awards.
This year, to give it greater scope and measurable impacts, the program was given enhanced strategies under the name Karinderia para sa Kalusugan ni Chikiting, Mayor Antolin “Lenlen” Oreta III said.
Targeting undernourished kids five years and younger and nutritionally at-risk pregnant women, the Malabon city government, through the KKC, is partnering with karinderias in the community that will cater children for 120 days.
Instead of volunteers or Barangay Nutrition Scholars taking charge in the cooking and preparation of food, partner carinderias will be responsible, added Malabon first lady Chef Melissa Oreta, who is also the City Nutrition Action Officer.
The menu list will be coming from City Nutrition Office and Barangay Nutrition Scholars will take charge in monitoring the program and nutritional status of identified undernourished children, Chef Melissa said.
The City Health Office will assign the Sanitation Office to conduct safety and sanitation visit in partner eateries.
Through this setup, carinderia owners together with the Malabon City government and City Health Department created a supportive environment that spreads reliable and consistent messages on healthy eating, cooking and nutrition, while achieving lasting positive results for beneficiaries and the entire Malabonian community.
“KKC is hosted in a carinderia set-up where the beneficiaries will be gathered in one place to feed for 120 days. At the same time, the carinderia will conduct cooking demonstration and nutrition education. The project not only helps the kids but also the carinderia owners who will be mentored to prepare nutritious meals for children,” said Chef Mel.
In the long run, Oreta envisions more and more carinderias will serve foods that nourish not just developing bodies but also young inquisitive minds.
“We are hoping that with these awards, we can inspire more stakeholders and get more carinderia owners to join us as partners,” the mayor’s wife said.
“We want to see more carinderias becoming areas of learning and knowledge sharing, where children learn about food, the importance of nutrition, healthy eating habits, and making healthy food choices, and for mothers, proper food preparation, sanitation, and other positive habits,” the city first lady said.
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