DepEd targets 42,000 beneficiaries for SBFP

January 16, 2013 11:48 pm 

MANILA Jan 16 — The Dept. of Education targets 42,000 beneficiaries in the School-Based Feeding Program (SBFP) to bring back students’ health and improve their school performance, it said Wednesday.

The feeding program, from October 2012 to March 2013, provides nutritious meals to selected pupils suffering from severe malnutrition from 100 to 120 feeding days, DepEd said in a press statement.

DepEd targeted 42, 372 pupils from kindergarten to Grade 6 from identified areas based on the nutritional status report of August 31, 2012.

It aims to rehabilitate at least 70 percent of the severely-wasted beneficiaries to normal nutritional status at the end of the feeding days.

SBFP has developed standardized recipes using malunggay and a 20-day cycle menu utilizing locally-grown vegetables produced from school gardens.

Schools not identified as beneficiaries may collaborate with the local government unit, non-government organizations, parent- teachers associations and other community stakeholders for the implementation of similar feeding programs. (PNA)

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