NAIROBI: 8th AUGUST 2023
Nairobi City County Chief Officer for wellness, nutrition and school feeding Dr. Irene Muchoki in the company of chief officer for public health Tom Nyakaba today attended a consultative meeting at City Hall to discuss the school feeding program that will commence on 28th August 2023.
In attendance were, Sub county coordinators from different sectors namely; Boroughs and Sub Administration; Inclusivity, Public Participation and Citizen Services; Health, Wellness & Nutrition; Talent, Skills & Care and Ministry of Education regional office.
The Chief Officer Public Health, Tom Nyakaba said “I appreciate the Governor for the commitment he has given towards the school feeding program to make it a success”. He also appreciated the efforts put in by the County Chief Officer Dr. Irene Muchoki and Director of the Nutrition, Wellness and School Feeding Sub Sector, Ms. Esther Mogusu to ensure the success of the Dishi na County school feeding program.
Dr. Irene urged the sub county teams to visit and survey the ongoing central kitchens in regards to the school feeding program.
Ms. Esther Mogusu, gave an elaborate explanation of the program and encouraged all present to promote the Dishi na County program in their various forums and platforms more especially the ongoing registration of the learners. She emphasized that the program is meant to benefit learners in public primary and ECD schools. This will also increase enrollment to schools, attendance, performance and transition to the next level. They will also be of good nutritional status.
The target is to feed all learners with each pupil consuming 650 grams of a balanced hot meal each school day. She also added that there are 10 kitchens currently under construction and a completed Giga kitchen located in Industrial Area that will be supplying approximately 60,000 meals a day.
She assured members that there are processes and procedures in place to ensure food safety and timely delivery of food for lunch to the schools.
To ensure ownership, each pupil will pay 5 shillings and those that are less fortunate will be considered. Pupils with disabilities will be considered case by case.
In conclusion, Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company have committed to supply adequate water to all kitchens.