Cardinal seeks help for Lenten feeding campaign

Program seeks to help Philippines' malnourished children

Philippines
February 4, 2016
Philippine Catholics are being urged to support a church-based feeding program for the country's malnourished children.

The "Fast2Feed" program asks people to fast and donate the money that would otherwise be spent for food to the Hapag-Asa program of Pondo ng Pinoy of the Archdiocese of Manila and its suffragan dioceses.

In a pastoral letter released in advance of Ash Wednesday on Feb. 10, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila asks Catholics to feed hungry children as their concrete act of charity as part of the Jubilee of Mercy.

"It only takes 10 pesos [US.20 cents] a day to bring back a hungry and malnourished child to a healthy state in six months," he said.

The program provides not only supplemental feeding but also early childhood education and livelihood and skills training for parents.

Last year, donations provided more than 21,000 malnourished and undernourished children in the Pondo ng Pinoy member dioceses with warm and nutritious meals every day for six months.

Cardinal Tagle said the program's goal for this year is to feed 25,000 children.

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