When the Lenten season starts on Feb. 13, the Manila Archdiocese will re-launch a feeding program targeting 250,000 undernourished children.
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle said the Hapag-Asa program of the archdiocese’s “Pondo ng Pinoy” program aims to benefit hungry children nationwide.
“(T)he target is to feed at least 250,000 children, of which, 25,000 will come from Pondo ng Pinoy member dioceses,” Tagle said in an article posted on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines news site.
For this year, he said the archdiocese is targeting to feed 3,000 children. They need to raise P3.6 million to support the program in six months.
Also, he said the archdiocese’s “FAST 2 FEED” fund campaign for Hapag-Asa will be re-launched on Ash Wednesday.
In the fund drive, people are encouraged to fast and donate whatever they save from it to feed thousands of hungry and malnourished children.
Tagle noted the program has already fed more than one million children nationwide since it started in 2005.
He urged the faithful to support Hapag-Asa to help more children and “feed them for a chance for a better future.”
Under the Hapag-Asa program, children six months to 12 years old are fed once a day, five days a week for six months with nutritious food.
Their parents are then provided with basic skills that improve their capacity to care for their children.