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Isko Moreno plans to provide free meals to public school students

Mayor-elect Isko Moreno plan to revive the daily implementation of the Nutribun program in public elementary schools in Manila, to address child malnutrition. Local government will provide nutritious ready-to-eat-meals like bread and milk to feed students, under the proposed Nutrition program.

Isko who came from poor family understood the hardships of poverty-stricken families who send their children to school with nothing to eat.

“Marami sa mga mag-aaral natin na pumapasok sa paaralan na walang laman ang tiyan at gutom, dala na rin siguro ng hirap ng buhay. Alam ko po ang pakiramdam na iyon sapagkat isa rin po ako sa mga batang pumapasok na walang laman ang tiyan,” (Many students attend their class without food in their stomach and hungry because of poverty, I know that feeling because Iwas one of the students who came to school without food in his stomach), Domagoso said.

Isko proposed the daily implementation of the free feeding program starting from kindergarten and Grade 1 students in Manila public schools.

“Noong araw, may programa ang gobyerno kung saan tinutugnunan ang nutrisyon ng mga kabataan sa loob ng paaralan. Kaya po ang pangarap natin sa lungsod ng Maynila ay maibalik ang Nutribun at gatas sa loob ng paaralan,” He added.

        Free feeding program. Photo from History and Architecture Facebook page. 

Nutribun is a bread product designed by the United States agency for International Development and distributed under the US aid Food for Peace program. The base bread is made of a wheat blend flour and non-fat dried milk donated by the United States.

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