Monday 16 December, 2019

School nutrition programme to see reduction of 4000 lunches

The Education Ministry is moving ahead with its plans to reduce wastage in the school feeding programme by cutting some 4000 lunches. 

The move follows an ongoing audit into the programme which found that there was $19,000 in wastage on school breakfasts and lunches daily.

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Preliminary figures presented in January showed that in excess of $234 million is spent on school nutrition annually, with 42,933 breakfasts and 65,269 lunches provided every day.

Speaking in the Lower House on Friday, Education Minister Anthony Garcia said he was informed by the Principals of schools acrosss the country that many of the lunches delivered are wasted daily. 

"The decision to reduce meals was based on information received from Principals, in their schools, who indicated that there were excess meals in their schools."

Asked whether a means test would be used to determine the exact number of meals being wasted, Garcia stated that the programme is the subject of a review, and the application of such a method "might" be possible.

The Minister indicated that the instruments to be utilised to pinpoint exact figures on wastage can only be applied on the conclusion of the audit.

 

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