from the NFA at charity prices (27 pesos per kilo) and give every baby 3 kilos per week (If a mom has 3 kids in the food bank they each get 3 kilos a week) And they know this rice is for the babies. Statistically being underweight means less time in school, more time in jails and less time employed.
rice, we weight them, get them washing their hands and give them a 20 minute class. After they eat we let them check out a book from our little library (300 books donated so far) and then distribute the rice. We also give them vegetable starts so they can grow their own, a t shirt, toothbrushes and vitamins. So far we have restored 517 severely malnourished babies to health in 13 Barangays! We spend 2,000 pesos on the hot meal (about 50 usd) and 2,500 pesos on the rice (about 60 usd) every week for 12 weeks. Sometimes it takes us 14 weeks to restore all the babies to a healthy weight. A cost of about 40 usd per child for complete restoration. All donations, 100% buys food for these babies period, we have other accounts for administrative costs. currently we are only able to give them rice and it is important to their health that we can start giving protein in the form of canned foods, dried fish, eggs and milk.