National School Nutrition Programme
The NSNP aims to enhance the learning capacity of learners through the provision of a healthy meal at schools. Where it is implemented, the programme has shown to improve punctuality, regular school attendance, concentration and the general wellbeing of participating learners.
Whilst learners are being provided with nutritious meals, they are also taught to establish and maintain good eating and lifestyle habits for life. Nutrition Education also provides educators with resource materials to support curriculum and to make every school a healthy school.
Schools are also encouraged to establish food gardens from which they obtain fresh produce (vegetables/fruit) to supplement the menu in line with South African Food Based Dietary Guidelines. Learners, teachers & parents are provided with skills to grow their own food contributing towards long-term household food security. The gardens are also used as a teaching and learning resource and to beautify the environment.
NSNP Questions and Answers
What is the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP)?
Why Feeding at School?
What are the objectives of the programme?
It is to provide nutritious meals to learners so as to improve their ability to learn. The programme also teaches learners and parents on ways of living a healthy lifestyle, and promoting development of school vegetable gardens.
Who benefits from the programme?
What does a school meal consist of?
What are the rules of the programme?
Who cooks the food?
How many cooks can the school select?
What should be done with the leftover food?
How can parents and the community support the school nutrition programme?
Where can we Lodge a complaint about the NSNP?
Can the child choose not to receive the food? Is it voluntary?
What must I do if my child is allergic to the food served by the school?
Should schools have food gardens?
Why is it important to teach learners to wash hands before eating?
To prevent germs from spreading from hands to food and not to get sick.