The Western Cape Education Department runs feeding schemes in 1023 schools and give the thousands of hungry learners at those schools two meals daily.
We provide a nutritional breakfast when they arrive at school and another nutritious meal at lunch time. It is often the only two meals that learners receive a day.— Jessica Shelver, Spokesperson to WC MEC of Education Debbie Schafer
The department's Jessica Shelver says although the feeding scheme allocation has increased by R16 million rand, it is being threatened by food price increases caused by drought.
In addition, the department have to work hard to stretch their budget due to an influx of pupils into the province.
Despite the increase in the budget, we have received a larger number of learners that need to part of the feeding scheme... Last month alone we [were invoiced] an additional R6 million from our suppliers because the increase in food costs.— Jessica Shelver, Spokesperson to WC MEC of Education Debbie Schafer
According to Shelver, the reduction of meal portion sizes is a last resort for the department and they will work to collaborate with the private sector for creative solutions.
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