The supplemental feeding program, which has nursed to health thousands of young children in many schools and communities, extended its reach to Antipolo on March 2 with the launch of two modules for 60 kids in Brgy. Cupang and Brgy. Dalig. The kids will be under the feeding program for some 120 days or six months, until September.
For this run, we are teaming up with the city government of Antipolo, DTI’s National Competitive Council, and our long-term partners, Kabisig ng Kalahi and Mead Johnson.
It was a well-attended launch, with Pres. Jun Jun & Cecille Dayrit, PDG Tony & Angela Quila, PND Peter Manzano, Wash & Pizza Lou, Anns Tesha Garcia with a friend, Yvonne Kuan with two grandchildren, Caling Young, Cecile Varela, Menchu Pascual and Vicky Cantada, and of course, Feeding Committee chair PP Freddie Borromeo & Ann Jojo.
Mrs. Andrea Ynares, wife of Antipolo Mayor Jun Ynares, thanked the Club on behalf of her husband for bringing the feeding program to their town, and appealed to the children’s parents to take full advantage of the project by making sure their children turn up for feeding every day for the prescribed 120 days.
PP Freddie spoke of the ill effects of poor nutrition on children and the benefits of proper nutrition as delivered by the feeding program, not the least of which is the mental development that will allow the child to finish school. For his part, Pres. Jun Jun emphasized the importance of the program and its role in making the kids healthy enough to grow up to become productive members of the community.
After the program in Antipolo, the group motored to Mabitac, Laguna for a visit to the farm of PP Roland & Caling Young, where they—joined by Gani & Teody Buenaflor--enjoyed a sumptuous lunch, took a tour of the farm, and were treated to loot bags filled with the organic fruits of a rich earth.