Senior citizens in Manila benefit from the feeding program of PH Red Cross

The most vulnerable senior citizens were the beneficiaries of a feeding program conducted by the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) - Manila Chapter.

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Donated meals from Novotel Araneta were served to 38 senior citizens at Barangay 658 Intramuros, Manila last Nov. 19.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Richard J. Gordon said that the PRC is always ready to extend help to those who are most vulnerable, especially during times of disaster or emergency.

Gordon also thanked Novotel Araneta, a long-time food donor of the PRC.

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During his first term as a senator in 2009, Gordon authored the Republic Act No. 9803 (RA9803) or the Food Donation Act of 2009, which aims to address the country's growing hunger problem and bring dignity back to the most vulnerable simultaneously.

Under this law, donors are encouraged to donate food for charitable purposes and to reduce food wastage.

Gordon explained that the donors give “untouched food from buffet tables not leftover food.”

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PRC volunteers and staff bring donated nutritious food to the homeless, children in poor communities, the elderly, abandoned prisoners, the sick, and other vulnerable groups.