The Department of Education (DepEd) has taken a proactive step to fight undernutrition in public school children by introducing the School-Based Feeding Program (SBFP). This initiative aims to support the overall development of students nationwide and highlights DepEd’s commitment to their well-being. The SBFP has gained recognition for its innovative approach to addressing undernourishment.

Implemented through carefully crafted orders and guidelines, such as DepEd Order No. 022, s. 2020, and DepEd Order No. 023, s. 2020, the SBFP provides a beacon of hope for students facing nutritional challenges. The program ensures the distribution of nutritious food products over at least 60 feeding days and includes fresh or sterilized milk for 50 feeding days, enhancing the diets of beneficiaries.

DepEd’s commitment to eliminating undernutrition goes beyond words; it is deeply embedded in the SBFP’s operational framework. The program not only meets immediate dietary needs but also establishes a foundation for long-term academic success and overall well-being.

DepEd’s proactive approach, as reflected in clear directives and guidelines for SBFP implementation, underscores the organization’s dedication to creating an effective and sustainable program. DepEd Order No. 022, s. 2020, serves as a cornerstone, outlining the policy framework, guidelines, and procedures for the proper execution of the SBFP. This order ensures that the program aligns with DepEd’s broader educational objectives, emphasizing the crucial link between nutrition and academic achievement.

DepEd Order No. 023, s. 2020, complements the former by offering a more detailed guide on the procurement and delivery of nutritious food products and milk. The meticulous attention to detail in these orders reflects the department’s commitment to transparency, accountability, and efficient resource utilization.

The SBFP not only proves to be a game-changer in the fight against undernutrition but also fosters community and collaboration. Local communities, parents, and educators support the initiative, recognizing its potential to break the cycle of undernourishment and empower the younger generation.

As the SBFP continues to make a positive impact on the educational landscape, the Department of Education emerges not only as a provider of academic knowledge but as a guardian of the physical and mental well-being of its students. The success of the SBFP underscores the transformative power of strategic, well-implemented policies prioritizing the health and future of the nation’s youth.

Maria Cecilia V. Mirania|Teacher III|Cataning Elementary School|Balanga City, Bataan
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