Thousands of Valenzuela City school children will get nutritious buns until the end of the year as the local government and its partner agencies aim “to fill the nutritional gap among young school children and to address the hunger and malnourishment problem made worse by the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) pandemic” in the city.
The Department of Education-Valenzuela will supply the city’s 7,662 kindergarten to Grade 6 students, particularly “those who have low weight for their height,” with “e-nutribuns.”
The move is part of the city’s P9.1 million Alagang Valenzuela Chikiting Food Patrol program.
“Our K-6 feeding program resumes. But because there [are] no face-to-face classes, the parents will be the ones to pick up the children’s Nutribun provision. One Nutribun pack is good for a week’s consumption,” Mayor Rex Gatchalian said.
The e-nutribun, or the enhanced nutribun, is the “brainchild of the Department of Science and Technology’s Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST- FNRI).” It is also “a much-improved version of the NutriBun, which was touted as the solution to malnutrition in the 1970s,” the local government said.
The e-nutribuns that will be provided to children are made of squash purée, which can fill the 60 percent of a child’s vitamin A needs, it added.
“It is also packed with iron, calcium, potassium, zinc, and fiber. Each 160-165-gram bun is in itself a full meal with 504 calories apiece and provides the children’s dietary requirement for micronutrients, energy, and protein,” the local government said.