BURAUEN, Leyte- The Cadahunan Elementary School (CES) of Burauen North District, this town, is one of the recipients of School-Based Feeding Program of the Department of Education (DepEd).
The beneficiaries are all the undernourished children in the school based on the nutritional assessment conducted at the beginning of the school year.
It aims to improve the daily attendance, performance and nutritional status of learners from Kindergarten to Grade 6.
About 23 students of CES were identified as beneficiaries of this program which was implemented this month and is to end by August of this year.
Each beneficiary is given P18.00 per meal for 120 feeding days including the operational expenses.
The target beneficiaries are to take deworming medicine and vitamins with the consent of the parents.
The school, together with the stakeholders, are encourage to have Gulayan sa Paaralan Program and backyard vegetable gardening to augment the feeding program.
This program also promotes health and nutrition information and awareness among the target beneficiaries.
They will conduct hand washing and tooth brushing every day before and after the feeding.
The parents of the identified beneficiaries will prepare the menu every day with the supervision of the school feeding coordinator Florencia C. Arellano and to be monitored by the school head Lisa D. Superales.
It is very important that the school have this school-based feeding program, because most of the children go to school with empty stomach due to poverty.
And most of the pupils fond of making absences because of hunger. It affects the academic performance of the learners.
Through this program, it will reduce hunger, improve the nutritional status, health condition and academic performance of the learners.
(NOTE: Lisa D. Superales is the school head of Cadahunan Elementary School, Burauen North District, Burauen, Leyte)