KINGSTON — The School Feeding Programme will be further enhanced with Cabinet’s approval of two contracts for the supply of commodities for the upcoming school term.
One contract valued at $97.08 million has been awarded to Palm Rose Commodity Limited, for the supply of 30,000 bags long grain rice, while the other worth $30.45 million has been awarded to Industrial Sales Limited, for the supply of 10,000 pails of vegetable oil.
Speaking at Wednesday's (August 10) post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, informed that the supplies are to be used in the traditional (cooked lunch) component of the school feeding programme for the September 2011 to January 2012 school terms.
“The contract ensures the basic continuation of the school feeding programme, which caters to beneficiaries in recognised basic, infant, primary, all-age, junior and high schools. The programme is intended to meet the critical need for providing dietary support to students who are at nutritional risk,” he said.
The school feeding programme is a fundamental part of the Ministry of Education's welfare programme.
It seeks to encourage greater and more regular school attendance; alleviate hunger; enhance the learning capacity of the students by providing a meal and or a snack; educate children on the value of food through nutrition education classes; and encourage the children to grow their own food by establishing and supporting school gardens.
By ALECIA SMITH, JIS Reporter