Jollibee Group Foundation builds biggest School Feeding Kitchen for Busog Lusog Talino Program
In a bid to help children stay in school so they can reach their full potential, Jollibee Group Foundation (JGF) built its biggest Busog, Lusog, Talino (BLT) School Feeding Kitchen to date in Juan Sumulong Elementary School (JSES) in Antipolo City. The first BLT Kitchen in the CALABARZON region, this facility is designed to feed 1,800 students daily – the highest number of pupils served in any of the 22 BLT kitchens nationwide. This BLT Kitchen is also the first to have two floors, with the kitchen at the ground floor and the feeding area above it.
“According to the United Nations World Food Programme, hunger is a key hindrance to learning especially among children. CALABARZON has the highest number of undernourished learners in the country. That is why at DepEd CALABARZON, one of our main goals is to ensure proper and optimum nutrition among all learners,” said Neil Evangelista, DepEd Region IV-A SBFP Coordinator.
BLT Kitchens across the country support DepEd’s School-Based Feeding Program (SBFP), which provides undernourished pupils with lunch for 120 days to help prevent drop outs due to hunger and improve their school performance. The BLT Kitchens centralize the preparation of meals that are distributed to elementary pupils in the same or surrounding schools. This enables feeding of hundreds of pupils per kitchen with less time and effort.
While DepEd takes charge of school selection and covers the cost of meals, JGF builds the commissary-type kitchen, provide equipment, and facilitate trainings on food preparation, distribution and management for the parent volunteers who operate the kitchen everyday. For the BLT Kitchen at JSES, the city government shouldered the medical screening and allowance of volunteers while the Zonta Club of Greater Rizal II provided additional funds to build the kitchen.
“Each of us can contribute to nation-building in meaningful ways, big or small. We pledge our continued commitment, passion and support to address hunger and malnutrition among public school pupils. We believe this is an important first step to help create a brighter future for our children and in so doing, a brighter future for our nation,” said Grace Tan Caktiong, President of Jollibee Group Foundation. JGF is the social responsibility arm of Jollibee Foods Corporation, which is composed of Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, Mang Inasal, and Burger King Philippines.
Currently, the 22 BLT Kitchens across the country serve over 16,000 pupils from 144 schools daily. An additional 11 kitchens are currently being constructed and will be operational by December 2018, bringing the total number to 33.
JGF President Grace Tan Caktiong and Zonta Club of Greater Rizal II Treasurer Alice Yap engage with third grade pupils at the feeding area of the BLT School Feeding Kitchen.
Parent volunteers prepare meals for 1,800 undernourished students at the BLT School Feeding Kitchen in Juan Sumulong Elementary School, Antipolo City
The BLT School Feeding Kitchen in Juan Sumulong Elementary School, Antipolo City, is the first in the country with two floors.