Enhanced Nutribun developed by DOST for DepEd feeding program, DSWD food aid packs

Published September 16, 2020, 12:58 PM

by Dhel Nazario

A virtual forum for micro, small, and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs) in CALABARZON on the Enhanced Nutribun was recently conducted by the Department of Science and Technology’s Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI).


Prospective technology adopters were the latest batch of participants in the Virtual Technology Commercialization of Enhanced Nutribun Forum that presented the DOST-FNRI’s programs, projects and services, technology profile of the Enhanced Nutribun, and its technology transfer and commercialization procedures.

The original Nutribun was reformulated by DOST-FNRI to make it more nutritious, delicious and softer.

Infusing innovative technology, the Enhanced Nutribun has become richer in energy, protein and micronutrients commonly deficient among malnourished young school children.

This innovative food product can be a convenient and nutritious alternative and supplement to hot meals previously served by the Department of Education’s (DepEd) school feeding program and can be included in the food packs distributed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

In compliance with the minimum health protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the DOST-FNRI food products are also easier to distribute directly to households of preschool and school children to minimize physical contact among large groups of people that is typical in feeding programs and food pack distribution in centers.

The nationwide roll-out of Enhanced Nutribun also aims to provide livelihood opportunities to bakery workers, farmers as sources of raw materials like squash, and other related suppliers and service providers.