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No bread for school feeding

Written by: diannem

With the start of the third quarter of the 2017 school year, over 300 000 youth fed by the Peninsula School Feeding Association will not be eating bread.

Instead, learners from the ages of six months to 19 years enjoy a menu of fortified mealie meal for breakfast and a warm plate of food for lunch every school day.

Peninsula School Feeding Association (PSFA) is an NPO providing meals to school children in the Western Cape for almost 60 years. Their menu, which has changed over the years does, however, not include bread.

'When first established, the PSFA's daily meal was soup and a slice of bread, sometimes with jam or peanut butter. This provided only about 15% of a child's energy requirements and very little of the daily protein and nutrients needed."

Laura Berry a dietician who worked with the PFSA

Today the PSFA school feeding menu includes more than 10 different food items every week - this include proteins such as soy, omega 3-rich fish and beans. Carbohydrates include samp and rice while fruit and vegetables such as carrots, cabbages, fresh oranges and apples are served daily.

The cost of the daily meal is R2.50 per child per day.

The Peninsula School Feeding Association rely on donations and external funding to support their work. The annual Blisters for Bread fun run raise funds to support the PSFA in their work. All funds raised in this huge event will go towards feeding children.

"The entry fee of R50 will feed 20 children per day, none of it is used for administration or other costs .The "Blisters for Bread" event has quite an ironic name seeing that we do not serve bread but this event is a "staple" in our fundraising efforts."

Charles Grey, fund raising manager for PSFA

Blisters for Bread takes place on 27 August at the Green Point Stadium. For more information and online entries go to www.psfa.org.za



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