As COVID takes a toll in Cebu City, local government units are constantly tipping the balance between preventing the contagion of the disease and ensuring access to food for children and affected families.
CITE responds to the challenge by funneling cash and in-kind donations from friends to daily feeding programs called Project Soup Kitchen to help residents living in nearby sitios in Barangay San Jose get supplemental food support.
The team, composed of 11 student-volunteers and staff, serve hot and healthy meals daily in four areas helping close to 950 beneficiaries already since the feeding was launched on April 27, 2020. On the receiving end are stranded students and teachers in boarding houses, construction workers relegated to bunk houses, frontliners, and families who are affected by the crisis.
The feeding program has provided about 4000 meals already to beneficiaries. Feeding program focal person Melijandyl Delatina, who also supervises CITE cafeteria operations, ensures that food preparation and meal handling follow strict health protocol. Under this program, volunteers prepare food themselves in the morning and hold food service at 11:30 with the help of some residents who keep the distribution orderly.
While the current situation is unprecedented, it is still unclear how long the community quarantine will last and nutritional support through food service is a welcome respite to help children especially from low-income households who are at high risk for poor health and at a disadvantage due to shortfalls.
Volunteers seemed unfazed by the daily grind of preparing food. Delatina said, “It is one of the best things that we have done during our downtime. We are able to make a difference during this pandemic by feeding the less fortunate. No virus can ever stop us from doing corporal works of mercy.”
Delatina also posted in his Facebook account the roster of generous donors who have made the feeding program possible and wished to rake in more donations to help continue the feeding efforts.
1. CITE Technical Institute, Inc.
2. Rotary Club of Cebu District 3860 Philippines
3. Fr. Roy Cimagala
4. Dindo O.
5. Kenneth Raymund King
6. Rommel Sasan
7. Miss Gemarie
8. Marlo Santillan
9. Jesse Taborada group
10 Romea Family
12.Miss Carol Tansingco
13.Miss Janet Estalilla
Interested donors may contact the following numbers to partake in this cause.