CDO’s nutrition program feeds 19,000 kids
Odyssey Foundation Inc. (OFI), the corporate social responsibility arm of food manufacturing firm CDO-Foodsphere Inc., was already able to feed 19,000 kids through its 90-day supplemental feeding program.
Dubbed as Gabay Nutrisyon, the program is a nationwide campaign of OFI designed to eliminate hunger among children two to six years old.
The campaign has reached out to children in underprivileged parts of Metro Manila and far-flung communities such as Sta. Ana, Cagayan; Malilipot, Albay; Presentacion, Camarines Sur; Benguet and Leyte. It has basically provided intervention to the serious problem of malnutrition in the country.
Data from the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) show that chronic malnutrition rate among Filipino children aged 0 to 2 was at 26.2 percent in 2015, the highest in 10 years.
According to studies, the first 1,000 days are a crucial period when the child must receive optimum nutrition. If not achieved, the effects of malnutrition will be irreversible.
Aware of the problem, OFI’s core advocacy is hunger mitigation to save children from undernutrition.
“Hence, we are actively implementing Gabay Nutrisyon supplemental feeding program to provide nourishment to children and enable them to reach their fullest potential,” said OFI Executive Director Dindo Danao.
At the end of the feeding program, the children are expected to have reached their normal nutritional status and their families have gained better understanding of health and nutrition practices that will equip them to sustain a healthy lifestyle.