DESCRIPTION

The Supplementary Feeding Program is the provision of food in addition to the regular meals, to target as part of the DSWD’s contribution to the Early Childhood Care and Development program of the government.

The food supplementation will be in a form of hot meals to be served during snack or meal time to children minimum of five (5) and maximum of seven (7) days a week for 120 days.

The feeding program will be managed by parents or caregivers based on a prepared cycle menu using available indigenous food supplies. Children beneficiaries will be weighed at the start of the feeding and monthly thereafter until completion of 120 days.

TARGET BENEFICARIES

  • 2-4 year old children in Supervised Neighborhood Plan (SNP)
  • 3-4 year old children enrolled in Child Development Centers (CDC)
  • 5 year old children not enrolled in the DepEd  preschool but enrolled in CDCs

CONDUCT OF FEEDING

The feeding shall be implemented once a day or a minimum of 5 days and maximum of 7 days a week, within 120 days. If the need arises, a complete 7 day feeding can be done to catch-up with the implementation. The actual implementation shall be in all CDCs/ SNP areas nationwide and identified feeding area for outside CDCs.

FUND ALLOCATION

The maximum amount of Php15.00 per child per day for 120 days; hot meal or alternative meal feeding shall be allocated.

For a hot meal, P11.00 per child per day shall be used for the viand based on a flexible menu, and the P4.00 will be used for the rice per child per day. An average of 10 children shall be covered in a kilo of rice.

For an alternative meal, the minimum amount of Php15.00 per child per day will be used for the purchase or preparation of certain combinations of alternative locally produced food items.

LEGAL BASES

  1. 1987 Philippine Constitution Article XV Section 3 item 2 – The government must ensure the right of children to assistance including proper care and nutrition and special protection from all forms of conditions prejudicial to their development
  2. Millennium Development Goal 1 – Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.
  3. Nutrition Act of the Philippines (PD 491) – The Government of the Philippines hereby declares that nutrition is now a priority of the government to be implemented by all branches of the government in an integrated fashion.
  4. Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act (RA 7610) – It shall be the policy of the State to protect and rehabilitate children gravely threatened or endangered by circumstances which affect or will affect their survival and normal development and over which they have no control.
  5. PD 603 or the Child and Youth Welfare Code – Every effort should be exerted to promote children’s welfare and enhance their opportunities for a useful and happy life.