GK Kusina ng Kalinga (KnK) - Care Kitchens
There are about 15M Filipino children who face the threat of not realizing their full potential – not growing to be as tall, as healthy, nor as bright as they can be – because they are suffering from hunger today as they grow up. The effects of hunger and poverty on children could become irreversible, especially if we’re not there for them NOW, when they need us the most.
Though the problem is massive, we believe that ending hunger is possible. But for our response to have a commensurate impact, we must CARE TOGETHER.
Our kitchens cook daily nutritious lunch meals for children in public schools, in the streets, and in conflict areas to end hunger and malnutrition. But just as hunger is a condition that goes beyond empty stomachs, our model also goes beyond feeding.
Kusina ng Kalinga (KnK) is Gawad Kalinga's school-based universal feeding program, the provides nutritious meals through central kitchens in specific locations. Each day, our kitchens operate and provide thousands of meals. The kitchens have also become hubs for bayanihan (community-mindedness), where parents, volunteers, teachers, school and community administrators, LGU’s, private individuals, organizations, and corporate partners are all essential for the KnK model to work.
Through our Kusina ng Kalinga ("Care Kitchens"), we build caring communities for our young. It is where lunchboxes don’t just contain meals, but also carry the commitment to care together until no child is left hungry. And as for the kids, each lunchbox builds hope - that because we are ending their hunger today, they can start imagining tomorrow.
Prior to this pandemic, 105 Kusina ng Kalinga kitchens operated all over the Philippines. from San Gabriel & San Fernando, La Union in the north, all the way to Cagayan De Oro, Marawi and Davao De Oro in the south. Last year alone, KnK served 38,610 kids in 859 schools for 120 days. The cost of feeding each child for the 120-day period is at $60 per child.
Support the fight against hunger by making a donation online to feed a child for 120 days for $60, through the Donate Now button below.