NUTRITION

MINGO MEALS

Mingo is a nutritious instant complementary food made of rice, mongo (mung beans), and malunggay (moringa). NVC serves Mingo Meals to undernourished children all over the Philippines.

MINGO MEALS

NVC manufactures Mingo, a nutritious instant complementary food made of rice, mongo (mung beans), and malunggay (moringa). Mingo is primarily for infants and toddlers, but is also used for older children in areas of need.

Mingo comes in powder form and creates a porridge or drink when mixed with water, but hungry children often eat it straight from the sachet, which is okay, too!

Because of its convenience and nutritional value, Mingo has also gained popularity as emergency food in emergency relief operations. It has been used to feed people in a number of disaster or emergency situations in the Philippines.

Details

  • Basic ingredients: rice, mongo (mung beans), malunggay (moringa)
  • Variants: Original, Chocolate, Squash and Ube
  • Packaging: 20-gram individual-serving foil sachets
  • Shelf life: 1 year

Nutrition information (per serving)

  • Energy (calories): 73
  • Total fat (g): 0
  • Total carbohydrates (g): 16
  • Total protein (g): 1
  • Vitamins and minerals: Vitamins A, C, B1, B6, potassium, iron, calcium, and zinc

MINGO NUTRITION PROGRAM

NVC runs a nutrition program using Mingo for children of impoverished families to help them build strong bodies and sharp minds.

Targeting the early years

NVC’s Mingo Meals feeding module provides complementary food to target clusters of children aged 6–60 months in deprived communities through a systematic and holistic approach.

This fills a gap in the nutrition of infants and toddlers. Most of government and NGO feeding programs focus on children 5 years and older, administered either in day care or elementary school. 

 “Under-nutrition in the Philippines remains a serious problem. The damage to health, physical growth and brain development of children affected by chronic under-nutrition—stunting in the first two years—is often irreversible, impairing them for life and leaving them with lower chances of finishing school and becoming highly-productive adults.” (Unicef Philippines)

Nutrition starts at home

NVC’s protocol is home-based, making it easier for parents to provide Mingo daily to children rather than having to go to a center to get a daily feeding.

Hands-on monitoring

Children enrolled in the program are weighed at the start of the feeding, and monitored monthly throughout the program’s duration. Field officers teach parents the importance of proper nutrition, give instructions on preparing Mingo, and also go door-to-door to check on beneficiaries.

Current COVID-19 travel restrictions prevent our field staff from conducting the same degree of hands-on monitoring that is part of our nutrition program protocol. Due to the pressing need for nutritional support for families greatly affected by the pandemic, we are also currently prioritizing this group of recipients.

MINGO NEWS AND STORIES

YOUR DONATIONS HAVE SUPPORTED

33,873

children enrolled in our Mingo Meals nutrition program as of September 30,2020

12,113,092

Mingo Meals served as of September 30,2020

4,980

fisherfolk who received motorized Peter Project fishing boats as of September 30,2020

870

tools distributed to skilled workers as of September 30,2020

7,402

LoveBags delivered to school children as of September 30,2020

213

classrooms built as of September 30,2020