By Joseph Jubelag
GENERAL SANTOS CITY – The local government has launched community kitchens in the city’s 26 barangays to provide meals to the hundreds of children affected by the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
The community kitchens were being supervised by Jane Rivera, wife of City Mayor Ronnel Rivera, who also chairs the city tourism council.
Mrs. Rivera, conceptualized the community kitchen project to give priority to the nutritional needs of children who were adversely affected by community quarantine and lockdown amid threats of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
She said the local government has converted the 70 city government-run day care centers into community kitchens to provide meal rations twice daily for some 500 children in every village.
Volunteers and teachers are being deployed daily to the daycare centers to cook up nutritious meals for the children in the village, and for others who may also need some food to eat.
The local government provides the ingredients for the meals in the community kitchens in in which the daily meal preparation is being supervised by trained dieticians from the Department of Health (DOH).
“Relief packs are usually designed to fight hunger and starvation, but most of the time we forget the nutritional aspect of the food packs,” Rivera said.
She said that each of the city’s 70 community kitchens can feed more than 500 children twice daily.
Rivera added that the local government is set to open next week 30 more community kitchens which are expected to provide more than 70,000 meal rations daily for displaced children in the 26 city’s villages.