The members of the Xavier Ecoville health cluster participated in a cooking demonstration conducted by international non-government organization (NGO) Feed the Children, represented by Celso Lumaad. The said organization is the distributor of Vita Meal, a meal package mixed with rice, barley, and lentils containing 25 vitamins and minerals formulated for malnourished children. The participants were taught how to prepare alternative recipes for the Vita Meal, which include the traditional champorado and binignit.
The said demonstration was conducted as part of the partnership between Xavier University and Nu Skin Enterprises, who owns Vita Meal. According to Lumaad, each pack can feed up to 100 children. He said that as part of its rehabilitation program for malnourished children, Feed the Children conducts monitoring at every end of the month to check on the weight progress of every child being fed with Vita Meal. Lumaad also said that Vita Meal is also beneficial for pregnant and lactating mothers because it helps extract enough nutrients for the child.
The Xavier Ecoville mothers who have attended the cooking demonstration went home excited to try out the new recipes they have learned. With this kind of assistance, they are now more confident that their children’s health and nourishment will improve.
Words by: Ressan Nash N. Alonto
Photos by: Carlou Odchigue