School kitchen feeds local kids

2016-06-07 06:00
Celebrating the launch of the new kitchen at HJ Kroneberg in Kensington were, from left, Magarethe de Cafmeyer, helping one of the learners to cut the ribbon, principal Yul Cupido and Petrina Pakoe director of the Peninsula School Feeding Association PHOTO: gary van dyk

Celebrating the launch of the new kitchen at HJ Kroneberg in Kensington were, from left, Magarethe de Cafmeyer, helping one of the learners to cut the ribbon, principal Yul Cupido and Petrina Pakoe director of the Peninsula School Feeding Association PHOTO: gary van dyk

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Feeding hungry learners at HJ Kroneberg Primary School is now easier, after the school recieved a brand new kitchen.

On Thursday 2 June thee school accepted the 124th kitchen to be created through the Peninsula School Feeding Association (PFSA)’s “Buy-a-brick” initiative.

Situated in the heart of Kensington, with a learner base of 588 learners, the school currently has almost 60% who hail from the severely economically disadvantaged communities of Langa, Guguletu and Khayelitsha.

Samantha Williams, feeding coordinator at the school, explains many of the families are unable to pay fees due to their circumstances. “Much of our school budget is supplemented by numerous fundraising activities and donations. Our school is totally committed to giving our learners an excellent foundation and providing for the child holistically. An integral part of that commitment is to ensure that they are receiving proper nourishment.”

At the launch of the new kitchen, principal Yul Cupido pointed out the importance of the feeding programme at the school.

“Unemployment is rife in so many areas surrounding the school and as educators we cannot allow our children to go hungry. In May 2014 we joined PFSA and currently have 275 learners being fed two hot meals daily. Initially learners were fed in an empty classroom, however we soon needed the classroom and learners were fed outside seated on benches. We were desperately in need of a feeding room. That is when the staff of a leading corporate came on board to build the new facility.”

The PFSA was established in 1958 when the government at the time discontinued the national school feeding programme.

Since then, PSFA has been providing meals to hungry school children across the Western Province, including distant rural areas.

V For more information, visit www.psfa.org.za.

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