JGF partners with QC gov’t, The MEALenium Project for BLT School Feeding Program in Payatas
On September 3, Jollibee Group Foundation (JGF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Quezon City Government, Quezon City Schools Division Office, and The MEALenium Project for the continued implementation of the Busog, Lusog, Talino (BLT) School Feeding Program in Lupang Pangako Elementary School, Payatas. BLT supports the Department of Education’s School-Based Feeding Program through the BLT School Feeding Kitchens, where meals are prepared following food safety and quality standards for hundreds of pupils per day.
The signing of the three-year agreement marks the fourth year of the BLT program’s implementation in the city. The BLT Kitchen in Lupang Pangako Elementary School will cater to 1,116 undernourished pupils. Built in 2016, it is among the 33 BLT Kitchens operating in different parts of the country serving more than 25,000 meals in 235 schools daily.
The MEALenium Project, which will serve the as the program’s local implementing partner, will oversee the monitoring and evaluation activities. The city government will fund the operational costs and allowance of parent volunteers. With the kitchen facility and equipment already in place, JGF conducted re-training activities for the parent volunteers and feeding coordinator.
“We are very happy to continue this feeding program alongside our reliable partners that have supported this important endeavor from the very beginning,” said Quezon City Mayor Josefina “Joy” Belmonte-Alimurong in a statement.
Photo shows (L-R): The MEALenium Project founders Joshua Emmanuel Tan and Joseph Kirby Belmonte, Quezon City Mayor Josefina Belmonte-Alimurong, DepEd Schools Division Superintendent Natividad Bayubay, Jollibee Group Foundation Program Manager Ma Laize Ar Cruzat, and Lupang Pangako Elementary School Principal Dr. Rosalito De Roda.