For 130 days, children at ANCOP Bani Village, Brgy. Cataning, were fed nourishing foods, a project of Bataan Peninsula State University (BPSU) and Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in partnership with the Rotary Club of Balanga.
Dr. Bernadeth Gabor, BPSU Director for Extension Services and project leader, said 35 “severely wasted” kids aged 1 to 5 years old from the village participated in the project.
She said the term “severely wasted” is being used instead of “malnourished” to avoid the stigma attached to it. She also said powdered “secret ingredients” or finely sliced vegetables were added to the foods prepared usually lugaw, sopas, and pancake.
She said, there are kids who do not eat vegetables when they see them. She added the progress of the weight of participating children were periodically monitored.
Gabor thanked the parents of children who volunteered to cook and did other tasks.
She said she is already preparing for the second batch of the feeding program.