Cardinal Tagle re-launches Fast2Feed program

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G cardinal Tagle asked the faithful’s active and full support in the re-launch of Fast2Feed program of Pondo ng Pinoy’s Hapag-Asa aimed to feed the hungry and malnourished children throughout the country through its supplemental feeding and early childhood education.

In his pastoral letter due for release on February 14, 2018, Ash Wednesday, Cardinal Tagle said, “We are called to love God, and our love for God is best expressed by the love we have for our brothers and sisters”.

Cardinal Tagle also pointed out the importance of charity especially during this season of Lent. Charity, according to him is the “very heart of Christian life”.

“In this season of Lent, we are especially called upon to exercise charity in our dealings with our neighbor – that is to say, to have a genuine concern for those who are needy and who suffer, and to perform concrete good works,” he said.

Fast2Feed campaign is the flagship program of Pondo ng Pinoy’s Hapag-Asa that aspires to combat the growing problem of hunger and malnutrition among children in the country. The program feeds hungry and malnourished children with nutritious food, six months to 12 years, once a day, five times a week for six months.

The program also encourages the people to fast during the season of Lent and to donate the money they save to feed the children.

Hapag-Asa was able to feed about 2 million hungry and malnourished children from Pondo ng Pinoy dioceses and other Dioceses, Non-Government Organizations (NGO), Local Government Units (LGU) and Schools since it started in 2015.

Last year, the campaign was able to help 18,000 children from all over the country.

Aside from their Supplemental Feeding Program, Hapag-Asa has been providing the children with early childhood education. It has also strengthened the values education, livelihood components and skills training of the children’s parents.

According to Cardinal Tagle, “It only takes Php 1,200.00 for six months-or Php 10.00 per day to bring back a hungry and undernourished child to a healthy state.”

In his circular to his priests in the archdiocese, Cardinal Tagle said that a Fast2Feed 2017 Fund Campaign envelopes will be distributed to parishes and schools.  He encouraged the faithful to offer the Fast2Feed envelope with their donation during the mass, or to turn it over to the parish office any day after Ash Wednesday. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

He also requested the priests to read his pastoral letter in all masses on Ash Wednesday.

At the end of his letter, Cardinal Tagle said that through the program of Hapag-Asa, “we are not just responding to immediate emergencies, but also contributing to the achievement of a just society.”

 

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