Ateneo's Poverty Program

The Ateneo Center for Educational Development (ACED) Blueplate for Better Learning Feeding Program is a supplementary feeding program which runs in parallel with the Department of Education’s school based feeding program. It aims to provide daily lunch meals for 130 school days to undernourished school children classified as “severely wasted’ and ‘wasted’. Apart from the SW and W, the program accommodates students who are at risk or those children whose BMI falls between the Normal and Wasted category. The program has been running for four years starting in 2011. Since the program’s inception, 59,553 school children have been fed.

Among the different feeding program implementation models, ACED runs a feeding program following a centralized kitchen operation model. In this model, food preparation is undertaken in a central kitchen and then the food packs for the children are transported to the participating schools. ACED is currently managing 9 central kitchens located in both urban and rural areas. Through the 9 central kitchens, lunch meals are made available to 214 schools (95 elementary schools and 119 day care centers) and 29,000 students daily. ACED takes on the overall responsibility of managing the daily activities in the kitchen such as procurement, daily feeding operations, parent volunteer management and monitoring and evaluation.

The Blueplate for Better Learning Feeding Program is a template building initiative. While it addresses the current hunger issue besetting our elementary school children that make learning in school extremely difficult, the program also desires to capture the operational details of carrying out a feeding program in a way that is sustainable and scalable.

This guideline is a strategic guide that aims to assist those engaged in designing large scale school feeding program in operationalizing the central kitchen model. It outlines the different key areas of a centralized kitchen operation and provides a range of tools and materials to help in the implementation.

The centralized kitchen operation model is a viable option in implementing a large scale school feeding program given available financing options. Prior to establishing this guideline, availability of infrastructure, capacity to implement a large scale feeding program operation, cost effectiveness and school and community participation were assessed and ensured that the model is feasible for implementation. 

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