Have You Heard of the 100php for 5 Challenge?
by Jace Amodo, September 12, 2019 3:45pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
You've heard of the #CinnamonChallenge, the #HotPepperChallenge, and the money-saving #50PesosChallenge. Recently, though, the 100php for 5 Challenge fell on our radar, and after we've been properly introduced to the idea, we decided not to let this dare go passé.
In general, the 100php for 5 Challenge encourages everyone to prepare a healthy and nutritious meal for five people using only 100php worth of ingredients. According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, 41.5% of the average family monthly income (22,000php) is spent on food. This equates to 300php daily or 100php per meal, hence the challenge.
Malnutrition in the Philippines
Global humanitarian organization Actions Against Hunger (AAH) says that the Philippines is ranked 9th country with the highest number of malnourished children. Additionally, the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) states that around four million Filipino children under five years old are malnourished.
The effects of malnutrition are irreversible if not attended with early treatment. They'll become underdeveloped adults with little to no contribution to the economy; give birth to underweight children with a higher risk of physical and cognitive impairment. And the cycle of poverty continues.
Actions Against Hunger
Hoping to break the malnutrition cycle is AAH's Love Food Give Food campaign, previously known as "Restaurants Against Hunger." Their goal is to ignite the active participation of food establishments and food lovers to stop the upward trend of extreme hunger. And thankfully, with the "100php for 5 Challenge," volunteering is easy.
Several Manila-based chefs have already come up with dishes following the challenge rules. For instance, Chef Robby Goco of Cyma, Green Pastures, and Souv prepared Kare-Kare Rice with Binagoongang Tokwa. But the query remains: how is it relevant today?
To join the campaign, simply submit your family budget-conscious recipe through the Love Food Give Food website. AAH will then review your submission and will then be shared with their beneficiaries during their health, hygiene, and sanitation promotion sessions. Imagine hundreds of underprivileged Filipinos around the country recreating your homemade recipe; that should warm anyone's heart.
For more information, visit www.lovefoodgivefoodphilippines.org or follow Love Food Give Food Philippines on Facebook.