SPU Manila Outreach: A Special Share-a-Meal Project

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Contributed by Elvie Manalansan

Date: June 27, 2020Posted by: Marionette Martinez

The SPU Manila’s Share-a-Meal Program, originally known as Feeding Program, has been in existence since December 2010. It is intended to provide twice-a-week free food ration to 50 poor patients’ watchers and caregivers in the Philippine General Hospital in coordination with the hospital’s Medical Social Services Department and Cancer Institute.

Since the program requires physical contact with other people from the outside, the program had to stop in March to avoid the possible spread of the corona virus. The pandemic, in the short span of time, has already affected directly and indirectly, thousands to millions of people in our country. Many people have become helpless and hopeless—some have lost their job while others a beloved member of their family. The world slowed down and became laid back.

The urge to resume the program implementation was felt when Ms. Maria Luisa Padernilla, Child Life Coordinator for PGH Cancer Institute, requested if SPU Manila can continue the program. Due to the pressing need, the Community Development Center immediately proposed for approval of an eight-week food distribution, which will be held every Wednesday. The food that will be picked up from SPU Manila will be distributed to 100 beneficiaries from the Cancer Institute’s inpatients, watchers, and frontliners in the hospital.

The first session was held on June 17, 2020.