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31 July 2017 Going Beyond Food Manufacturing: Food Corporations for Community-based Nutrition

Written by: Danica Pacardo

As we celebrate the Nutrition Month this July, we are putting the spotlight on food corporations with their own volunteer-assisted nutrition programs.

Mondelez Philippines, known for their dairy and chocolate products, is one company which focuses its corporate social responsibility and volunteer projects on nutrition and education. In close collaboration with Philippine Business for Social Progress, it has been implementing the Joy School program which adopts public elementary schools with high incidence of student malnutrition. Employees of Mondelez Phils conceptualize, coordinate, and implement the feeding activities and nutrition education activities, in partnership with the school officials, teachers, and parents. For nine months, students are fed with nutritious food and their weight and academic performance are monitored. The program is designed in a manner where the parents of the students and the adopted school are hands on in the feeding activities. Among the school beneficiaries of the program are Sampaloc Site II Elementary (Paranaque City), P. Zamora Elementary (Pasay), P. Manalo Elementary (Pateros), Gen. V. Lim Elementary (Tondo) , and Panalaron Central School in Tacloban.
CDO Foodsphere is another food manufacturing company which recognizes the need for community-based nutrition programs. In close collaboration with its corporate social responsibility arm, Odyssey Foundation and Unilab, CDO employees volunteer in Gabay Nutrisyon, a systematic feeding program which runs for 64 days in a chosen barangay. The project area is selected after a thorough research which involves coordination with the local government unit and house-to-house surveys to determine malnutrition incidence. Apart from CDO employees, community residents and mothers in the chosen barangay contribute to the success of Gabay Nutrisyon. Volunteers are involved in food preparation, conduct of the whole feeding cycle, and monitoring of the progress of the children. Since its beginning in 2004, it has benefitted around 20,000 malnourished children aged 1 to 6 years old, who increased their weight by two to three kilograms after the program. Apart from the feeding program, Gabay Nutrisyon includes collaboration with the Barangay Health Workers in the area in the conduct of lectures and seminars related to nutrition, parenting, and values formation.

Through these programs, these corporations have mobilized and inspired their own employees to become active participants in the nation’s effort to address the problem of malnutrition in marginalized communities. This Nutrition Month, we express our gratitude to countless volunteers in service of the health and nutrition sector.

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