Stunting is the impaired growth condition in children under 5 years of age, caused by poor nutrition. Based on basic health research in 2018, stunting increased by 30.8% every year. Southwest Sumba Regency, East Nusa Tenggara Province has a fairly high stunting problem because of a lack of information among parents about healthy and nutritious food, causes of stunting, and the dangers of stunting. In May 2021, Taman Baca Inovator (TBI) Foundation held a supplementary feeding program (Pemberian Makanan Tambahan/PMT program) in four preschools in Southwest Sumba located close to one one of the foundation’s TBI libraries. Taman Baca Inovator sees the problem of stunting as something that needs to be addressed and resolved since education and health are closely related. The supplementary feeding PMT program is conducted by providing safe food that meets the appropriate nutritional value to preschoolers.
The PMT menu provided for the preschoolers varied largely, including rice, vegetables, green bean porridge, milk, fruit, quail eggs, fish. PMT is not a large meal, but rather a side dish. PMT program target the preschoolers of the schools assisted by the foundation in Southwest Sumba. Namely, 50 children from PAUD Pelangi preschool, 30 children from PAUD Suara Kasih preschool, 60 children from PAUD Hati Nurani preschool, and 40 children from PAUD King Kids preschool. The PMT activities are carried out three times a week or eight times a month. In addition to PMT activities, other outreach activities about healthy food and nutrition, the dangers of stunting, and also the cause of stunting are also conducted to reach more parents. Through the outreach and PMT activities, we hope that stunting cases in Southwest Sumba will decrease and parents will have more understanding about healthy food intake and good nutrition for their children.