The Plan

Established in May 2015, The MEALenium Project aims to help alleviate the pressing issue of widespread malnutrition among the children of Payatas in Quezon City. What started out with a feeding center for 25 kids from the most impoverished families in the area has expanded to include a daily feeding program for over 600 undernourished students in Lupang Pangako Elementary School, Payatas.

Recently, we have reached a milestone of serving over 1,000 meals per day for wasted/severely wasted children in Payatas.

Children are the main focus of The MEALenium Project as they need to receive adequate nutrition to help their minds and bodies grow optimally during these critical developmental years.

At the feeding center in St. Benedict, Payatas, healthy midday meals are provided to the kids from Mondays to Fridays. The mothers of the children volunteer and help out at the feeding center for a few hours each week. Besides being a place for physical nourishment, the center also serves as a study hall where school children from the community are invited to come and do their homework in a clean, quiet, comfortable environment that is conducive to learning.

For Lupang Pangako Elementary School, during school days, nutritious lunches are given to the students identified to be suffering from undernutrition. This feeding program is the product of the partnership of The MEALenium Project with the Department of Education – Quezon City Division, Office of the Mayor of Quezon City, and the Jollibee Group Foundation.

This unused area behind the church will be converted into a feeding center. In photo: Co-founders, Joshua Emmanuel Tan and Basti Belmonte with Fr. Julio Cuesta.

Unused area behind the church was converted into a feeding center by The MEALenium Project.
In photo: Philip Sebastian “Basti” Belmonte, Fr. Julio Cuesta and Joshua Emmanuel Tan.