Hunger and malnutrition have become significantly more urgent issues to address due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Vulnerable communities in the Philippines, especially those who recently lost their jobs and low-income families, are greatly affected by this health crisis and the lockdowns that have shuttered the economy.
To address these pressing challenges, the city government of Malabon continues to provide nutritional packages, relief goods, vitamins, and non-food items to the community through its various Kalingang Malabonian programs.
A few months ago, the “Kalingang Malabonian Lugaw on Wheels” program was launched by Mayor Lenlen Oreta, a nutrition champion recognized by the National Nutrition Council. The program aims to provide filling food that can supplement the caloric and nutritional needs of every Malabonian amid the pandemic.
“We continue to do our best so that no one will be left behind in Malabon, especially about health during the pandemic. Even though ‘Kalingang Malabonian Lugaw on Wheels’ is a simple program, it is very fulfilling because we are able to help and spread happiness within our community” Oreta said.
Since May, Malabon’s mobile kitchen has visited various barangays in the city every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to serve free “lugaw” or rice porridge.
The “lugaw” that the city of Malabon provides is a complete meal full of various nutrients as it contains rice, eggs, chicken, and other condiments such as dried garlic and onion chives for added seasoning.
The mobile kitchen is located at a strategic area in the barangay so that the community workers and volunteers can guarantee safety health protocols during the distribution. Anyone can visit the mobile kitchen – it is unlimited lugaw until supplies last.
To prevent the spread of the COVID-19, volunteers from food for work also deliver the individually packed porridge to each household through e-bikes.
“Hopefully by December, our Mobile Kitchen is able to do a round trip visit in all the 21 barangays in Malabon City. Together, we can fight both the COVID-19 pandemic and malnutrition in our community,” Oreta said.
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