WEST COAST SCHOOL FEEDING PROGRAMME CONTINUES
Umoya Energy Wind Farm has announced that they will continue supporting and funding the Peninsula School Feeding Association’s Adopt-a-School Feeding Programme, which supports over 400 primary and high school learners. Simultaneously this West Coast wind farm announced funding to construct and equip a freestanding kitchen at Louwville High School.
With the construction of a new freestanding kitchen, meals can be cooked and prepared on site at this Vredenburg secondary school, which feeds hundreds of children each day. Additionally, this newly built facility, which will be construction this year, supports the PSFA’s philosophy of providing daily nutritious cooked meals, to not only alleviate short term hunger, but to also help build healthy immune systems.
Mr Sixholo, Principal at Middelpos Primary, in Saldanha Bay, which serves meals to 230 learners each day, explains how the impact of the current health pandemic has increased the need for this feeding programme. “These communities are hard hit by poverty, especially with COVID. Many children come to school without having something to eat, not because parents do not pack lunch, but because of unemployment and communities that are struggling. Children need healthy food so that they can concentrate in class.”
In addition to supporting the cost of cooked meals, two PSFA volunteer food preparers are being funded by the wind farm at Middelpos Primary School.
“Over 400 school learners, who come from vulnerable West Coast families, receive a nutritious breakfast and lunch for the school calendar year. Plus, due to the permission granted, the feeding programme was not halted during school lockdown periods, which we have been very pleased about,” concluded Celiwe Mabaso, Community Operations Manager for Umoya Energy Wind Farm.