The National School Meals Programme has sought to assure parents that the late delivery of school meals at a number of primary institutions across the island will be rectified.
ZDK News has been receiving numerous calls from disgruntled parents who have been complaining that their child/children have been receiving late lunches at the schools and sometimes without meat.
The parents claimed that the issue began about a month ago, however when ZDK News contacted the Acting General Manager Mario Harris, he disclosed that the late arrival of the meals has been an issue since the beginning of the new school term in September.
After receiving growing concerns, the acting GM said that the programme issued a letter to the Principals of the schools it caters to explaining the challenges being faced and their intentions to address it.
ZDK News received a copy of the letter dated November 23, 2017, which outlined that the increase in registered students within the institutions following the passage of hurricanes Irma and Maria as one of the main issues.
Harris said that this, coupled with continuing challenges due to constant failure of kitchen equipment, has left the NSMP in dire straits as they seek to provide each child with one hot meal per day.
Currently, three out of the four conventional ovens are operational at the Sir George Walter Highway building, with a new installation of a walk-in oven which according to Harris should be installed by today.
He assured principals and parents that noticeable improvement should be seen by Monday and upon the arrival of the new kitchen equipment, the problem should be solved altogether.
Meantime, Harris said that the programme is investigating the claim that no meat is being served with the students’ meal. He said the national school meals programme has sufficient food items and this should not be the case