Schools sup­ple­men­tary feed­ing scheme re­sources limited: PA

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Pa­trick Chi­tumba

THE schools sup­ple­men­tary feed­ing scheme is un­likely to be ex­panded to ben­e­fit pupils from Grade Three to Grade Seven given limited re­sources, a se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial has said.

Mid­lands pro­vin­cial ad­min­is­tra­tor, Mrs Ce­celia Chi­tiy­oMoyo, said the on­go­ing schools feed­ing scheme tar­gets those in Grade Two and below but there has been a call to ex­pand it.

“The schools feed­ing pro­gramme is on­go­ing but we have had com­plaints from schools that pupils in Grade Three to Grade Seven have been com­plain­ing about not be­ing con­sid­ered.

Since they watch while the lit­tle ones eat, they have com­plained at their re­spec­tive schools.

Un­for­tu­nately, us­ing the cur­rent bud­gets we can only feed the Grade Two’s and below,” said Mrs Chi­tiyo- Moyo in an in­ter­view yes­ter­day. She said Gov­ern­ment was grate­ful to the Sev­enth Day Ad­ven­tist church which had taken over the feed­ing of pupils in schools in Zvisha­vane.

As a re­sult of the church’s in­ter­ven­tion, she said, the food that was meant to feed pupils in Zvisha­vane was be­ing taken to feed pupils in other ar­eas.

She said the prov­ince was ex­pect­ing the num­ber of the vul­ner­a­ble fam­i­lies to re­ceive food aid in the prov­ince to shoot up to 100 000 from the cur­rent 88 259 as grain from last sea­son runs out.

“Cur­rently we are feed­ing 88 259 fam­i­lies and that num­ber is ex­pected to surge af­ter we com­plete an­other sur­vey. Every month we dis­trib­ute 4 414 tonnes of maize in the prov­ince,” she said.

Mrs Chi­tiyo –Moyo said the food distri­bu­tion pro­gramme had been made eas­ier by the Zim­babwe Na­tional Army which was us­ing its trucks to ferry the food aid from GMB de­pots to 255 wards in the prov­ince — @pchi­tumba1.

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