DepEd’s School-Based Feeding Program records 3.5 million student beneficiaries for SY. 2020-2021

Feeding Program records 3.5 million student

Edusentro | DepEd’s School-Based Feeding Program records 3.5 million student beneficiaries for SY. 2020-2021 | February 20, 2021 — In pursuit of providing assistance to students amidst the pandemic, the  Department of Education (DepEd) served approximately 3.5 million learner-beneficiaries for  its School-Based Feeding Program (SBFP) for School Year 2020-2021.  

According to a report from the Department’s Bureau of Learner Support Services (BLSS), the  SBFP provided Nutritious Food Products (NFP) and fresh milk to 3,517,807 and 3,136,951  learners, respectively, in more than 33,000 public schools nationwide.  

The SBFP surpassed its benchmark target of 1.7 million beneficiaries, posting a 205.9%  achievement rate for NFP and 176.69% for milk components despite the implementation of  distance learning. 

“With the help of our partners, we have been continuing our school-based feeding program  despite school closures due to the pandemic. The food and milk packs have been distributed  directly into the homes of the learners while in some areas, parents or guardians of the  learners have been allowed to claim the weekly food pack rations along with the learning  modules,” Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones said.  

“Nurturing healthy learners has been one of our priorities in the Department ever since. With  the current health situation, we will continue to collaborate with the local government units in  the distribution of nutritious food and milk packs directly to the homes of the learners,” she  added. 

DepEd was in partnership with the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC), the National Dairy  Authority (NDA), and other various farmer cooperatives and small and medium enterprises  engaged in the dairy business for the milk component. Meanwhile, the Department tapped  cooperatives and SME producers accredited by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute  (FNRI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) for the NFP component. 

Next school year, DepEd is also eyeing to partner with more farmer-cooperatives and SMEs  to supply nutritious food and fresh milk products to promote local agriculture. 

The SBFP complies with the Republic Act No. 11037 otherwise known as the “Masustansyang  Pagkain para sa Batang Pilipino Act”, signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on June 18, 2020,  and was later augmented in the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act. 

The SBFP aims to (1) address hunger and encourage learners to enroll; (2) contribute to the  improvement of their nutritional status; (3) provide nourishment for their growth and  development and help boost their immune system, and (4) enhance health and nutrition values  and behaviour.

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The Department of Education (DepEd) formulates, implements, and coordinates policies,  plans, programs, and projects in the areas of formal and non-formal basic education. It  supervises all elementary and secondary education institutions, including alternative learning  systems, both public and private; and provides for the establishment and maintenance of a  complete, adequate, and integrated system of basic education relevant to the goals of national  development.