For SY 2015-2016, Busog Lusog Talino (BLT) School Feeding Program of LGU-Tacurong and Jollibee Group Foundation will feed 240 schoolchildren in six elementary schools. The 120-day feeding cycle will start on August 10, 2015.
BLT beneficiaries were chosen among pupils in Kinder to Grade 6 levels. These pupils were identified as wasted and severely wasted based on their body mass indices (BMI). BLT school coordinators and principals helped the LGU in verifying the children’s nutritional status.
Before feeding starts on August 10, the LGU will conduct BLT orientation and food handling seminar in each of the six BLT schools from July 27-29. Participants of said activity are parents of identified BLT beneficiaries. Aside from parents, the LGU will also involve school canteen personnel and other food handlers.
“We want all our schoolchildren to be fed with clean, safe, and healthy food. Food handling is very essential,” stated Councilor Psyche M. Sucaldito, head of the LGU BLT Core Team.
Parents will prepare the children’s food every day for 120 days. With the BLT School Coordinator, parents will also make sure that children will eat the food set before them. The LGU also provides multivitamins and food supplements.
In SY 2014-2015, 181 out of 240 beneficiaries achieved normal BMI after the 120-day feeding cycle. Teachers also reported more active class participation from BLT pupils. Pupils who remained wasted will still be included in this year’s feeding.
This is the third year of implementation of the BLT School Feeding Program in Tacurong City.
BLT is one of the LGU’s special programs for children and education. It aims to fight hunger and reduce drop-out rates in schools. It is being supported by the public and private sector in the city. (Jez Billano, LGU-Tacurong City)