Globally, at least 1 in 3 children under 5 is not growing well due to malnutrition. Malnutrition is closely tied to underprivileged communities where the situation is compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, underprivileged and marginalized community are having difficulties to access nutritional food because of the income losses.
Project Child Indonesia and Haarlemmermeer Lyceum addressed these problems by implementing a project called Public Kitchen in June and July 2020. Through this program, both are committed to helping people in three river communities in Yogyakarta: Winongo river, Code river, and Gajah Wong river.
This project has several objectives:
1) Providing over 1000+ portions of healthy, nutritious, and affordable food
This project implements healthy balance foods based on a campaign by Indonesia Ministry of Health called “Piring Makanku” with the combinations of staple food (carbohydrates), side dishes (plant and animal proteins), fruits, and vegetables in one portion of food. The foods sold to communities at affordable prices, US$0.15 for full meal and US$0.075 for snack.
2) Supporting Local Women Who are Affected by the COVID-19 Situation
Vulnerable communities in the riverside area face massive economic impacts because of the income losses due to pandemic outbreak. To support them, this project involve the members of Family Welfare Empowerment organization (Ibu-ibu PKK) in the riverside area to cook the food. We are ensuring the hygienic practices during the food preparation and procession and ensuring the quality of raw material and ingredients for the food.
3) Health and Environment Campaign
Project Child Indonesia committed to educate people in riverside areas to consume healthy food and to reduce the produce of plastic waste. Therefore, we held a campaign about healthy foods with the members of Family Welfare Empowerment organization (Ibu-ibu PKK) by implementing physical distancing. Moreover, to reduce the produce of plastics waste, at first we provide a reusable container for food packaging and inform the communities that we are not providing the food packages anymore in order to encourage them to bring plates or food containers from home.
Project Child Indonesia and Haarlemmermeer Lyceum hope this Public Kitchen project will contribute to efforts to improve the people’s health during COVID-19 by providing nutritious food in Winongo river, Code river, and Gajah Wong river communities.