BLT feeds 501 hungry pupils in Negros Occ.

By On Thursday, June 24, 2010

After 136 feeding days since its launching on June 30, 2009, the Busog, Lusog, Talino (BLT) program of the University of St. La Salle in partnership with Jollibee Foundation fed 501 hungry and undernourished children from different schools in Negros Occidental and reported positive results.

The program was implemented in 13 schools covering three cities –Bacolod, Bago and Talisay and one municipality- Murcia.

These schools were: Bacolod-- Asuncion L. Lizares Elementary School; F.R Flores Elementary School; Fr. Gratian Murray, AFSC Integrated School; Rafael Alunan Elementary School; Bago—A.M Espinos Elementary School; Alianza Elementary School; Leonor De la Rama Elementary School; Talisay—Bubog Elementary School; Don Enrique Lizares Elementary School; Talisay Elementary School; Murcia—Gov. Veleriano Gatuslao Elementary School; Hacienda Puyas Primary School; and Murcia Elementary School.

Among the positive results of the feeding programs recorded were: improvement of weight and nutritional status of the pupils (74 percent achieved normal weight), increase in school attendance, and improvement in academic performances.

BLT is Jollibee Foundation’s in-school feeding program that engages local implementing partner, public elementary schools, parent-teacher-community associations, local government units, civil society organizations and Jollibee Foods Corporation employees to mitigate hunger and undernourished- widely attributed cause in school absenteeism among Grade 1 and 2 pupils.

USLS through its Institute for Negros Development (IND) serves as the local implementing partner for BLT in Negros Occidental.

IND collaborates with the USLS community in implementing, monitoring and evaluating the program and in facilitating different levels of multi-stakeholder engagement in the 13 project sites.