DOST distributes food processing machines in 33 areas to combat malnutrition

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 23 2019 05:42 PM | Updated as of Jul 23 2019 06:44 PM

MANILA - The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) distributed food processing machines in 33 areas Tuesday to help local government units battle malnutrition among infants and toddlers.

The machines could produce "complementary food" like instant baby food and snacks made from rice and monggo beans, vegetable bread as well as noodles made from squash.

Bulacan, Pangasinan, Quezon, Palawan, Negros Occidental and Davao del Norte are among areas that would receive the food processors, DOST officials said.

Stunted and underweight infants and toddlers aged between 6 months and 3 years should consume the complementary food for 120 consecutive days to help them reach ideal nutrition and weight, officials said.

Each pack of complementary food costs P10.

Some P3.94 billion is needed annually to help 3.28 million stunted Filipino children, DOST officials said.

- report from Apples Jalandoni, ABS-CBN News