The pandemic brought with it a host of social and economic issues, including growing and persistent hunger because of lost jobs and sources of income. In April, realizing that the situation called for coordinated response, JGF worked with a group of non-government and private sector organizations for a major collaborative program called “Project Karinderya.”
Led by KASAGANA-KA Development Center, Inc. and Kabuhayan sa Ganap na Kasarinlan Credit and Savings Cooperative, Project Karinderya aimed to feed urban poor families affected by the lockdown, while spurring economic activity by tapping karinderyas that were forced to close down. Under the program, families were provided with food vouchers that they were able to use to purchase meals from partner karinderyas in their community. JGF contributed its expertise by training karinderya owners on food preparation, food safety and customer service. With support from Temasek Foundation, and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and DEG (German Investment Corporation), over 230 karinderyas got back on their feet and 4,600 families were nourished with nutritious meals.