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Ingredients:

Rise Against Hunger, Philippines meals are designed for malnourished individuals.  Meals are composed of rice, soy, dried vegetables or fruits, flavoring mix and a vitamin and mineral sachet.  Each meal also contains a sachet of our delectable flavoring mix. For savory meals, there is a choice of Chicken Arroz Caldo, Beef Congee, or Fish (Anchovy) Flakes with dried vegetables (camote tops, squash, alugbati, and saluyot leaves). The flavoring sachets do not contain MSG.  For sweet selections, we have Champorado (chocolate) or Ginataan (coconut milk). The Ginataan blend contains dried fruits (banana saba, camote and mango). Beneficiaries are encouraged to add locally available ingredients to make the meals more appetizing.
We use local ingredients, thus helping local farmers and the economy.  Meals are packaged locally by volunteers which encourages people to get involved in the movement to end hunger.  Because the meals are packaged locally, there is no need for shipping or customs clearance.

Cooking Instructions:

There are essentially two ways to cook our meals.


Cereal/Porridge (Bland): Serves 6

  1. Remove Vitamin and flavoring packets and from bag and set aside.
  2. Boil 6 cups of water.
  3. Add rice blend.
  4. Simmer for 20-25 minutes or until rice is tender.
  5. Stir occasionally.
  6. Once rice blend is cooked, turn off fire.
  7. Add content of vitamin packet and stir.
  8. Serve


Congee/Lugaw (Flavored): Serves 12

  1. Remove Vitamin and flavoring packets and from bag and set aside.
  2. Boil 12 cups of water.
  3. Add rice blend and flavoring.
  4. Other vegetables or meat may be added.
  5. Simmer for 20-25 minutes or until rice is tender.
  6. Stir occasionally.
  7. Once rice blend is cooked, turn off fire.
  8. Add content of vitamin packet and stir.
  9. Serve

 

Supplementary Feeding Recommendation:

We highly recommend that our meals are used in supplementary feeding programs that follow the protocol prescribed by the Department of Health to ensure sustained improvement in nutritional status and the best use of available resources. Feeding should be done on-site for 5 days a week for 90 – 120 days for malnourished children, and by at the least the last trimester for pregnant women.

A different flavor can be served every day. We also recommend that the sweet flavors (ginataan or champorado) can be served as snacks while the savory flavors (chicken, beef, fish) can be served for lunch.

Support Activities:

The following activities will be incorporated in the Supplementary Feeding Program for better effectiveness and sustainability.

  • Growth Monitoring: The nutritional status of a child shall be determined using the new Child Growth Standard (CGS) prepared by the National Nutrition Council. The result shall serve as baseline information for evaluation of the level of progress after the end of the program. A calibrated weighing scale (beam balance) shall be used to measure the weight and a steel tape to measure the height of the participant.
  •  Deworming: All children enrolled in the supplementary feeding program shall be dewormed by a trained worker before the start of the program, provided that individual is not sick during deworming. However, parental approval shall be obtained first before administering the deworming medicines. The DOH will be the one to provide the deworming medicines which can either be in the form of tablet or syrup (Mebendazole or Albendazole). Children 1-5 years shall be dewormed during the Garantisadong Pambata (GP) April and October, while children 6-12 years old enrolled in public schools shall be dewormed every January and July.
  • Immunization: All children must be immunized against the most common vaccine-preventable diseases as stated in the DOH’s Expanded Program on Immunization.
  • Vitamin A supplementation will be given every 6 months for 6-59 months preschoolers.
  • Nutrition Education for children: Children (preschool and school age) should also be involved in nutrition counseling. A well-design learning modules suited for children shall be developed.
  • Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene: Proper hygiene and sanitation may also be integrated in the feeding program through practical applications such as in preparation of food and feeding proper.

 

Vitamin Composition:

Research has shown that one in three people in developing countries are adversely affected by vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Our meals address the most common nutrition problems affecting children which include protein energy malnutrition, vitamin A deficiency, iodine deficiency disorders, iron deficiency anemia, and childhood obesity.  Addressing the problem of hunger is the single point where we can leverage relief for all humanitarian issues.

Our vitamin and mineral sachets are donated by Heinz and contain 23 essential vitamins and nutrients.  The vitamins are in a separate sachet and are only added after the cooking process. This ensures that nutrients are not lost due to exposure to light or heating.

Our meals provide the most important vitamins and minerals that children need. Our micronutrients corresponds to the RENI (Recommended Energy and Nutrient Intakes) specified by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Philippine Department of Science and Technology. These vitamins include, among others,:

  1. Calcium: essential building block of bones and teeth
  2. Fiber: foods that are high in fiber also tend to be packed with many important nutrients like vitamin E, votamin C, calcium, magnesium, and potassium.
  3. B12 and Other B Vitamins: important for metabolism, energy, and a healthy heart and nervous system.
  4. Vitamin D: works with calcium to build strong bones and it helps to protect against chronic diseases later in life.
  5. Vitamin E: strengthens the body’s immune system; helps keep blood vessels clear and flowing
  6. Iron: helps red blood cells carry oxygen throughout the bodyMeal pack reni

Nutritional Benefits of Rise Against Hunger Meals:

RAH Meals benefits to PLW

RAH Meals benefits to children