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How foodies can help fight malnutrition

September 19, 2019

Malnutrition is one of the most persistent health issues in the Philippines, most especially among the less fortunate. In fact, accor­ding to a survey by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology, 4 million Filipino children are malnourished.

This could result in them having weaker immune systems, inability to reach their full height, and difficulties in learning because the brain is not fully developed.

This is where the advocacy of global humanitarian organization Action Against Hunger (AAH) comes in. Having projects to address malnutrition — Nutrition and Health (NUT), Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH), Food Security and Livelihood (FSL) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) — AAH launched “Love Food, Give Food.” The goal is to raise awareness on these issues with the help of well-known food brands and foodies alike.

Chef Robby Goco — of Cyma, Green Pastures and Souv fame — is passionate about the ‘Love Food, Give Food’ campaign by Action Against Hunger (AAH) and the ‘P100 for 5’ challenge where he cooked Karekare Rice with Binagoongang Tokwa. PHOTO BY JOHN ORVEN VERDOTE
AAH Country Director Guy Halsey, Chef Robby Goco, AAH Fundraising and Resource Development Manager of Action Against Hunger Dale Divinagracia, and chefs Rolando and Jac Laudico at the ‘Love Food, Give Food’ campaign launch
Chef Jac Laudico’s Fish Soup with Kamote Fruit and Leaves and served with white rice
Chef Rolando Laudico’s Tinola Arroz Caldo with Malunggay Pesto
Chefs Chele Gonzalez and Carlos Villaflor’s Chicken Tinola

The campaign was previously known as “Restaurants Against Hunger,” but has been called Love Food, Give Food since 2016. For the campaign, AAH calls on all kinds of food establishments apart from restaurants such as food kiosks, cafes, carinderias, and even online food shops.

Those who would participate would select a special item on the menu, in which a portion of its price will be donated. However, if the customer does not want to order the special item, they can also opt to share through the donation boxes.

Confirmed participants include Saboten, Buffalo Wild Wings, TGI Friday’s, Chelsea Kitchen, Italianni’s, Denny’s, Bulgogi Brothers and Café Mediterranean among many others. Interested establishments can register for free until October 15.

‘P100 for 5’

Another part of Love Food, Give Food is the “P100 for 5 Challenge.” In the Philippines, the average income for a family of five would be P100 per meal. This budget has made it difficult for homemakers to cook delicious and healthy food. This in mind, AAH invited some of the country’s top chefs to showcase their creativity and raise awareness on malnutrition.

Impressive yet budgeted dishes were made by Chef Rolando and Jac Laudico of Chef Laudico Guevarra’s and OK Café who cooked Tinola Arroz Caldo with Malunggay Pesto as well as Fish Soup with Kamote Fruit and Leaves and White Rice respectively.

Chef Chele Gonzalez and Chef Carlos Villaflor of Gallery by Chele made Chicken Tinola with Fideua. Finally, Chef Robby Goco of Cyma, Green Pastures, and Souv created Kare-kare Rice with Binagoongang Tokwa. Their restaurants are also participating in the campaign.

Goco, who has experienced serving high budget meals, found it a great challenge to create a P100-meal.

“Cooking with a high budget is very easy because you’re gonna use the premium ingredients. It’s always exclusive, it’s always pang mayaman,” Goco told The Manila Times during the campaign launch.

Goco continued to say that most would lean towards cooking instant and therefore unhealthy food because those seem to be the cheapest. However, if more chefs create delicious dishes that fit a tight budget more people would have access to new recipes.

“I’m calling on chefs to do this challenge. It’s not easy, it’s more difficult to do this than to cook for P5,000 per head.

“Okay naman yung foie gras and truffles, but then again maybe it’s time to go back to the marketplace and create a recipe for the poor so that they have a manuscript of something that they can follow, that they can eat well and can nourish them,” Goco finally noted.

The P100 for 5 challenge does not end with the chefs, as online submissions are also accepted at lovefoodgivefoodphilippines.org.


Credit belongs to : www.manilatimes.net


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