- R&D 100 Awards
Branded as Pack of Hope RTE Chicken Arroz Caldo as First Stage Disaster/Relief Food, the product was developed as a disaster mitigation/relief food to address immediate hunger of disaster survivors and providers of services (medical, military personnel and volunteer groups) in calamity stricken areas within 48 hours after the disaster happened. The packaging both primary and transport was designed to withstand distribution by aerial drop (40 feet), sea surface, land, and water submersion. Typhoon “Yolanda” that hit the Philippines in 2014 left lessons learned, especially on the type of relief foods to be distributed with utmost efficiency. Food preparation and cooking were not possible within the 48 hours after the disaster happened. A major problem encountered was the difficulty of distributing relief foods and other basic necessities. The product is packed in an easy-open pouch and can be eaten or consumed directly from the pouch without the need to heat or cook. The product was formulated to address immediate hunger and thirst of the calamity survivors. The product is shelf stable for at least one year.