Cardinal Tagle urges participation in the Fast2Feed campaign for malnourished children

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle humbly asked the faithful to once again participate in the Fast2Feed program of Hapag-Asa aimed to feed hungry and malnourished children in the country’s poor urban and rural communities.

In his pastoral letter due for release on March 1, 2017, Ash Wednesday, Cardinal Tagle said that we are reminded to “return to the Lord, Our God” (cf. first reading, Jl 2:13), and to “be reconciled to God” (cf. second reading, 2 Cor 5:29).

Cardinal Tagle also said that we are called to return to the Lord when we respond to His call to pray, fast and perform acts of charity.

“When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you…When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites…When you fast, do not look gloomy” (cf. Mt. 6, 1-6, 16-18).

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 aims raise funds to feed at least 20,000 children for the whole year with six months during for Pondo ng Pinoy member dioceses. The program encourages the people to fast during the season of Lent and to donate the money they save to feed the children.

Since it started in 2005, Hapag-Asa was able to feed about 1.6 million hungry and malnourished children from Pondo ng Pinoy dioceses and other Dioceses, Non-Government Organizations (NGO), Local Government Units (LGU) and Schools.

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.”

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

The last part of Cardinal Tagle's Pastoral Letter called on the people to imitate the generosity of the Father. He also asked the faithful to continue loving and helping the poor people especially the children.

 

“In this season of Lent, we are especially called to imitate the generosity of God, particularly towards the poor and disadvantaged.  Indeed, “mercy demands that we not simply stand by and do nothing…Those who are weak and vulnerable…ought to feel the presence of brothers and sisters who can help them in their need,” (Misercodia et misera 19, 21).

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