Anambra State on Thursday, flagged off its own National Homegrown School Feeding scheme, with the school cooks serving excited primary school pupils ‘Okpa’ a.k.a Bambara Muffins or Moin-moin garnished with vegetables.
Special Assistant on Homegrown School Feeding Programme in the Office of the Vice President, Dotun Adebayo, speaking from Awka, said primary school pupils in Anambra were excited as the feeding started in their schools.
Leading a team of federal and state officials to some of the schools on day one of the Homegrown School Feeding Programme implementation, Mr. Adebayo said they witnessed the feeding in three schools in Awka: Community Primary School, Awka South, Central School Ameobi, and Central School in Nibo.
He stated that the pupils were excited and enjoyed the meals, adding that the cooks in those three schools, among the total 774 already recruited and trained for the feeding programme, served ‘Okpa’ a.k.a Moin-moin garnished with vegetables to the delight of the pupils who took the meals during their break time about noonday.
All together in Anambra State, an estimated 76, 690 pupils in 1050 schools would be served every day of school. The feeding programme caters to pupils from primary 1-3.
Having met the stated requirements for Federal Government’s funding for the Homegrown School Feeding, a sum of N53, 687, 900 had been released directly to cooks for the kick-off of the school feeding programme in Anambra, to last till the end of the current school term.
All the cooks were recruited from communities around the primary schools for the program, verified and trained to provide the catering service in the 21 LGAs in the State.
Generally, the Homegrown School Feeding programme, which is one of the Social Investment plans of the Buhari administration, is driven through community participation where residents in the community are engaged as cooks to provide feeding services. Also, the programme leverages on the agricultural produce available within the communities.