School nutrition programme: Covid’s devastating impact

South Africa’s children have spoken about their experiences with government’s school nutrition programme.

A study by the University of Johannesburg, Centre for Social Development in Africa and Food Evolution Revolution Research Laboratory (FERL) revealed children’s insights about the school nutrition programme.

The study was conducted in schools that served breakfast and lunch as part of the programme in Gauteng, Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and the North-West.

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The Covid effect

The findings showed the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, which wreaked havoc on children whose nourishment was wholly dependent on the feeding scheme.

“Evidence demonstrates that during the initial lockdown period in April 2020, 47% of households ran out of money to buy food, and 15% of households reported child hunger.”

While the courts mandated schools to continue providing meals even during school closures, the realities

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