Breakfast Feeding Program 2011-2012 (DepEd Guidelines)
The Department of Education (DepEd) initially conceptualized and
launched the Breakfast Feeding Program (BFP) in 1997 to address the
short-term hunger (STH) syndrome among the public school children.
Short-term hunger is a condition experienced by children who do not eat
breakfast and walk long distance to reach school. As the program
progressed, it shifted to address a more serious problem of
undernutrition which is a global public concern because it commonly
causes death among children. However, this is preventable and treatable
according to World Health Organization (WHO). According to the
DepEd-Health and Nutrition Center (HNC) 2010 Report, 15.58% of the
children in public elementary schools are undernourished and poor health
and nutrition have ill-effects on the academic performance of the
children. Under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the target is
to reduce the prevalence of undernutrition by 50% in 2015. Thus, the
DepEd issues the Guidelines on the Implementation of the Breakfast
Feeding Program for School Year (SY) 2011-2012 to arrest undernutrition
among school children.
Initially, the BFP was implemented in the selected three divisions/regions: namely: Division of Pangasinan under Region I, Division of Bohol under Region VII and Division of Lanao del Norte under Region X. The divisions were selected from among the twenty (21) divisions which are modeling the Quality Management System (QMS) following the policy principles of School-Based Management (SBM). It was expanded to the remaining fourteen (14) regions based on the following criteria:
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