Over 13 000 learners fed this festive season

Children happy

As part of the school holiday food parcel distribution project, which is now in its second year, Tiger Brands is in the process of distributing 13 485 food parcels to learners attending non-fee paying schools.

These learners also benefit from the Tiger Brands Foundations in-school breakfast feeding programme. A batch of 1 500 food parcels has already been distributed by the Department of Education (DBE) to 300 learner headed household in each of the remaining five provinces.

The distribution of the food parcels started on Monday December 8 with the last batch of food parcels being distributed on Wednesday December 10 at Mthayiza Primary School in Kabokweni, Mpumalanga.

“The Department of Basic Education provides more than 8,2 million learners with a nutritious lunch through the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) in 19 800 schools.

“The Tiger Brands Foundation complements the NSNP by feeding 39 350 learners in 62 non-fee paying schools with its in-school breakfast feeding programme to date,” said Dr Faith Khumalo, Chief Director for Care and Support in Schools at the Department of Basic Education.

“The Tiger Brands food parcel project ensures that learners remain well-nourished and return to schools healthy and ready to learn.”

“The December Food Parcel Project forms part of our ongoing strategic partnership with the Department of Basic Education where we jointly work towards the nourishment of our learners in so doing helping to address food security challenges in our country,” said Ms Jabu Ntsele, Group CSI Manager for Tiger Brands,.

“Since December 2012, close to 60 000 food parcels have been distributed by Tiger Brands through the Food Parcel Project which have intern ensured that the good work done by NSNP and the Foundation is not reversed during the long school holidays.”

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