By Shirley Khosa
The Limpopo Department of Education (LDOE) continues to feed beneficiaries of the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) during the schools’ break that was announced by the President on the 23rd of July 2020.
The Department started feeding all deserving grade 7 and 12 learners from 8 June 2020, thereafter all other learners who were not back in schools were fed in the province as from 1 July 2020.
For the smooth running of the programme, learner transport services for grades 7 and 12 will continue ferrying deserving learners from 27 July until the break ends. This service will also include all those learners in the far flung areas who depended on learner transport to reach their schools. However, arrangements have been made for learners in other grades other than 7 and 12 who are depending on learner transport to start receiving food hampers from 01 August 2020.
Members of School Governing Bodies (SGBs) have been requested to provide support to food handlers during meal times. This will be done within the guidelines of the adopted Standard Operating Procedure (SOP). These SOP seeks to prevent, contain and manage COVID-19 in schools on food preparation and serving. These includes taking into consideration aspects of social distancing, hand washing, sanitising all work surfaces, cooking food thoroughly and ensuring that learners do not share utensils, food or drinks.
Parents and caregivers are encouraged to ensure that learners who come to school for meals have their masks and wash their hands or are sanitised at all times.