Running a food blog has made me appreciate the fact that I am privileged to be able to enjoy food as much as I do right now. I get to visit restaurants I can’t afford before, and sometimes, even have enough motivation to look up some recipes online and prepare my own food at home. As my blog grew, so did my appreciation for different kinds of cuisine.
Yes, I am fortunate that I get to enjoy food beyond my need for nourishment, but then again it only emphasizes the fact that there are many other Filipinos who are not as blessed as I am. While I visit expensive restaurants to take pictures for my Instagram feed, or take part in the latest foodie hype, many of my fellow countrymen are lucky to have at least one decent meal a day.
This is one of the reasons why I am supporting I Am Filipina’s iAMF-FEED Program. iAMF is an organization of empowered individuals connecting, channeling and contributing healing to the poor, the needy, and the society. Their mission is to bring healing to every individual, family, and community through righteousness, justice, love, and faithfulness. With the iAMF-FEED Program, I Am Filipina aims to provide nutrition support for 30 pre-selected QCPU Senior High and College students living in Payatas community and needs nutritional intervention as identified and recommended by the Scholarship Committee of the University.
The GOAL of the program is for the beneficiaries to:
- Perform well in their academics
- Help in their character development
- Empower them to contribute to the good of others and the community
The chosen beneficiaries were students of the Quezon City Polytechnic University (QCPU) who belong to the poorest of the poor community and are not able to perform well in their academics due to hunger.
The program officially kicked-off last July 17, 2017 at the Quezon City Polytechnic University, where the program beneficiaries themselves attended the event, together with over a thousand students and staff of QCPU. Other than the announcement of the beneficiaries, one of the highlights of the event was the remarkable performance of the GANAP-QCPU Performing Arts Group, with a presentation that was not only outstanding, but socially relevant as well. Snacks and refreshments were then served by iAMF after the program.
It may seem like a small step, but the iAMF-FEED Program is actually a huge leap towards creating a healthier society. Other than the provision of breakfast meals during weekdays, the program also offers the following:
- Weekly LIFE (Leadership, Integrity, Faith and Excellence) Training/Coaching, in partnership with ENC – Every Nation Campus
- Personal Accident Insurance Benefit
- Opportunity for College Scholarship, On-the-Job Training, or Employment
Come to think of it, one dish from the restaurants I visit may cost from Php 150.00 to as much as Php 500.00. It may not seem much, but for the less privileged, this is actually more than enough to get them through the day. Just imagine, one order from a fancy restaurant, costs just about enough to keep a student well-fed and healthy enough to perform better in his or her studies.
For a minimal amount of P1,500.00 per day, you become a partner in enriching the lives of these students through the iAMF-FEED Program. If you’re interested in becoming a partner, just reach out to iAMF by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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