GENERAL SANTOS CITY – In this dark day of quarantines, lockdowns and relief packs, the city of General Santos shines a light of hope and community unity in the face of adversity.
Volunteers and teachers are deployed daily to the more than 70 city government -run daycare centers to cook up nutritious meals for the city’s children and those that do not have anything to eat.
The local government unit had converted these daycare centers into Community Kitchens which are supplied daily with ingredients to cook the day’s meal under the supervision of trained dieticians from the Department of Health (DOH).
Ms. Jane Rivera, wife of City Mayor Ronnel Rivera, conceptualized the community kitchen to give priority to the nutritional needs of children who were adversely affected by community quarantine and lockdown amid threats of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Relief packs are usually designed to fight hunger and starvation, but most of the time we forget the nutritional aspect,” Gollon-Rivera.
She said that each of the city’s 70 Community Kitchen can feed more than 500 kids twice daily.
The local government is set to open 30 additional Community Kitchens which is expected to provide more than 70,000 meal rations twice a day.