The Real LIFE Feeding Program


Photo Credit: Real Life Foundation

Volunteering is a passion. It’s about giving back to the community; doing something for others without getting paid. Yes, the task maybe so tedious and tiring but the joy you feel when the work’s done is priceless. It’s unexplainable. It’s something that money can’t buy. And this the ONE THING that I’ve always loved doing. I’m glad that I grew up with my grandparents and auntie who spent most of their lives doing philanthropic works.

I had the opportunity to join a volunteer activity at Real Life Foundation one weekend. We were assigned with our tasks to do during the activity. Some were assigned at the registration area, guide the kids in washing their hands, others were tasked as game masters, and play with the kids. And I, together with two other colleagues – Ms. Jie and Benedict, was tasked with the storytelling.  And it wasn’t just any typical storytelling! It was a storytelling in a theatrical form.  And it was my FIRST time to act on stage – with lines and costume. Many Thanks to Annie and Andy for the creative costume. Although I felt a little awkward the moment I got on stage, yet I was a little excited because I can see that the kids were so eager to watch our “performance”. And we had a repeat performance for the second batch of the kids. Yes!

Photo Credit: Annie Teodoro

We had a fun time playing with the kids. We had to make sure that each one participated in the game, and had behaved properly. As kids, you can’t do away with some who are a little naughty. Well, that’s why they’re kids. Patience and understanding are a must. But at the end of the day, no matter how tedious the task was, the experience was truly rewarding that a certificate or a medal can’t be at par with. It’s just amazing!

What’s significant about Real Life is that, not only that they feed 50 – 60 kids on any given weekend, but also they teach them the importance of proper hygiene, and expose them to the good values that they live by.  Real Life makes sure that the kids get proper nourishment by serving them nutrition enriched food. Aside from the feeding program, Real Life also supports about 200 scholars across the country.

On a personal note, I wish to thank the Real Life staff and Tita Sony who gave us that memorable and fulfilling weekend.


How can you help?

On feeding program, please send an email to  mail@igivetolife.com.

FAQ’s:

Photo Credit: Annie Teodoro

1. How many children do you feed every Saturday?

We feed between 100-120 malnourished children every Saturday.

2. What are the ages of the children and where do they come from?
The children range in age from 3 – 12 years old. The children come from the nearby squatter communities in Malate City.

3. What happens during the feeding program?
We organize the children into batches of 50-60, play games with them and
then feed them. We feed two batches of kids every Saturday morning.

4. As a feeding partner, what will I be expected to do?
Feeding partners will be assigned one or more of the following duties:
i) washing the childrens’ hands as they come in;
ii) playing games with the children;
iii) helping prepare and serve the food and drinks;
iv) acting as “table hosts” – chatting with the kids and helping them eat.

5. Can I bring my children with me?
Yes, you are welcome to bring your children as long as they will not require supervision (no yayas, please). Children can take part in the games and help befriend the kids.

6. If I’m a volunteer, why are you charging me P250?
The P250 is a one time fee that covers the cost of feeding 10 children, pays for your fabulous volunteer t-shirt, & helps to ensure the sustainability of our feeding program.

Real LIFE Foundation is a christian non-profit, NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) incorporated in 2007 with the vision of seeing thousands of marginalized Filipino youth educated, gainfully employed and uplifting their communities.

Real LIFE is passionate about providing a better future for underprivileged Filipinos by giving them access to a good education and transforming their communities through community service. It is accredited in the Philippines by the PCNC  (Philippine Council for NGO Certification), the DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development), and has BIR (Bureau of Internal Revenue) approved tax-exempt donee status.

You may visit www.igivetolife.com for more info.

*FAQs and information about Real Life Foundation are used with permission.

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2 Responses to The Real LIFE Feeding Program

  1. ABS A1794 says:

    REGGIE,
    GOOD TO KNOW THAT YOU HAVE JOINED OUR VOLUNTEERS AT REAL LIFE
    HOPE YOU CAN ALSO VISIT ME AT OUR SERVICES AT THE FORT.
    MISS YOU BRAD!

    GOD BLESS US!

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    • SuPLaDoNG RuNNeR.WRiTeR.HoST. says:

      @ABS A1794 It’s a true testimony of what Tutri said that once a volunteer, always a volunteer..! i miss the ourtreach programs we had at AFV..! — ABS 1390

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