Feeding of 3 million school children to begin on Thursday, says FG

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

/ by Joe Adams
Sadiya Umar Farouq 
The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday says the Home Grown School Feeding Programme (HGSFP) for primary school pupils will resume on Thursday, May 14, 2020.

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Umar Farouq, disclosed that the programme will take off in Abuja and subsequently Lagos, Ogun and other states across the country.

The minister announced that a total of 3,131,971 households are targeted for the intervention.

Farouq explained that the resumption of the feeding scheme followed a presidential directive.

She said each household would receive a Take-Home Ration (THR) valued at N4,200 which is made up of 5 kg Bag of Rice, 5 kg Bag of Beans, 500 ml Vegetable Oil, 750 ml Palm Oil, 500 mg Salt, 15 pcs of eggs, and 140gm Tomato Paste.

“The provision of take-home rations will be carried out based on data provided and structures put in place by the feeding programme over the years. Kwara and Bayelsa where the programme was not fully operational before the lockdown will benefit from the modified programme.

“The target beneficiaries are children in primary one to three in public schools participating in the programme. Parents/caregivers of beneficiaries are to collect the take-home rations using vouchers. We are employing vouchers which are QR coded, serialised with date and time-stamp.

“Identified households will be able to access take-home rations from distribution centers. Each will receive uncooked food items that have been assessed and approved by nutrition experts as adequate for the children. 6,000 schools will serve as distribution centers, except in some states with unique security and safety issues”, the statement added.

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