Breakfast Feeding Program

It aims to improve the active learning capabilities of school children through provision of breakfast among Grade I pupils in selected schools in the form of specially formulated noodles containing 300 kilo calories, 10 grams, protein and 800 IU beta carotene, fortified with iodine

The Department of Education (DepEd) initially conceptualized and launched the Breakfast Feeding Program (BFP) in 1997 to address the short-term hunger (STH) syndrome among the public school children. Short-term hunger is a condition experienced by children who do not eat breakfast and walk long distance to reach school. As the program progressed, it shifted to address a more serious problem of undernutrition which is a global public concern because it commonly causes death among children. However, this is preventable and treatable according to World Health Organization (WHO). According to the DepEd-Health and Nutrition Center (HNC) 2010 Report, 15.58% of the children in public elementary schools are undernourished and poor health and nutrition have ill-effects on the academic performance of the children. Under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the target is to reduce the prevalence of undernutrition by 50% in 2015. Thus, the DepEd issues the Guidelines on the Implementation of the Breakfast Feeding Program for School Year (SY) 2011-2012 to arrest undernutrition among school children. The BFP aims to rehabilitate at least 70% of the beneficiaries at the end of 100-120 feeding days. Specifically, the program aims to ensure 85-100% attendance among the target beneficiaries and improve the children's health and nutrition values and behavior. Initially, the BFP was implemented in the selected three divisions/regions: namely: Division of Pangasinan under Region I, Division of Bohol under Region VII and Division of Lanao del Norte under Region X. The divisions were selected from among the twenty (21) divisions which are modeling the Quality Management System (QMS) following the policy principles of School-Based Management (SBM). It was expanded to the remaining fourteen (14) regions based on the following criteria: a. b. c. d. e. prevalence of undernutrition; training provided to school heads on SBM; capacity of the school heads to manage; disbursement and liquidation of funds; and awareness on procurement rules and regulations.

All regional directors (RDs), schools division/city superintendents (SDSs) and school administrators are enjoined to extend full administrative support to the management of the program. The School Health and Nutrition (SHN) personnel are expected to monitor the preparatory activities and the full implementation of the program and ensure submission of Program Terminal Reports (PTRs) at the end of the Feeding Program.

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