The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office Caraga has achieved a significant milestone by efficiently providing hot, nutritious meals to 73,680 children across the 71 Local Government Units (LGUs). This accomplishment was made possible through the Transfer of Funds modality, marking the 13th cycle of the Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP) within the Caraga Region.

Beyond providing meals, DSWD FO Caraga’s distribution of fresh milk to 5,000 children in the five identified local government units within Caraga is ongoing. This concerted effort underscores the commitment to address hunger and enhance the overall nutritional well-being of the region’s young population.

Proudly acknowledging their accomplishments, DSWD FO Caraga’s mission is to serve Caraganon children, ensuring they receive the optimal nutrition required for their growth and development.

Protective Services Division (PSD) Chief Jessie Catherine B. Aranas, during SFP’s Program Implementation Review (PIR) in 2023, took the opportunity to extend gratitude to stakeholders for their unwavering partnership, support, and efforts in delivering services to the vulnerable.

The Supplementary Feeding Program has become assistive to the children’s food intake, aiming to achieve the ‘no-hunger’ goal that resonates with the organization’s unwavering dedication to the community.

Beyond the immediate impact of providing hot meals, DSWD FO Caraga is fostering a holistic approach to community development. By encouraging parents to apply the valuable lessons learned from the program, the organization aims to create sustainable gains and lasting improvements in the lives of Caraganon children. This strategic mindset underscores the belief that empowering parents with knowledge will contribute to the long-term success of the children served through the program.

SFP is a visionary initiative, providing additional nutritious meals to 3-4-year-olds in the Child Development Center (CDC) and 5-year-olds still attending the center. These hot meals served five days a week in designated feeding centers, go beyond mere sustenance; they represent a commitment to the overall well-being and future of the region’s youngest members.

Aligned with other impactful DSWD programs such as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services, and Sustainable Livelihood Program, the Supplementary Feeding Program actively contributes to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal No. 1 – eradicating extreme poverty and hunger. DSWD Caraga addresses immediate needs through these integrated efforts and works towards a brighter, more sustainable future.

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