CDO-Foodsphere Inc. and GMA Kapuso Foundation Inc. have teamed up to lift the nutritional status of poor children in remote villages of Doña Remedios Trinidad town in Bulacan province.
CDO-Foodsphere, through Odyssey Foundation Inc. and GMA Kapuso Foudation are implementing a 120-day supplemental feeding project among 320 undernourished children living in the foothills of Sierra Madre mountain range in said town.
Launched on September 7, the supplemental feeding project would be completed by the fourth week of March 2017, according to Odyssey Foundation executive director Dindo Danao, who signed a memorandum of agreement with Rikki Escudero Catibog, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of GMA Kapuso Foundation.
Odyssey Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of CDO-Foodsphere, and GMA Kapuso Foundation have been partners in nutrition advocacy for nine years.
Elementary school principal Ailie Riza Bernardo said the 320 children beneficiaries, with ages five to nine years, were selected from 15 public schools in the different barangays of Doña Remedios Trinidad.
“We are thankful for this project. The children are excited over the menu. We noticed that the project has actually lessened absenteeism among the students,” said Bernardo.
The children are served hot meals using CDO food products with recipes developed by GMA Kapuso nutritionists, while cooking a preparation are done onsite by school teachers and mother volunteers with the supervision of both CDO and GMA Kapuso staff.
The feeding project is a part of Gabay Nutrisyon Program, the nutrition pillar of Odyssey Foundation. Gabay Nutrisyon aims to provide the physical nourishment the children need to grow and become healthy and productive individuals.
”This project marks the ninth year of partnership between CDO and GMA Kapuso Foundation in nutrition. It started in 2007 when CDO signed a deal with GMA Kapuso to find a long-term solution to malnutrition,” said Jerome D. Ong, President of CDO-Foodsphere.