The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Cynthia Mamle Morrison has charged caterers of the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) to ensure they put the interest of the beneficiary children first.
She urged them to prepare meals that are delicious and nutritious, just as they would for their own children at home.
“If you use better ingredients to prepare better meal for these poor children that you don’t know whether they have parents or not and treat them like you treat your own biological children, then God will bless you, but if you try to cheat the system for your personal gains at the expense of these vulnerable children…I will not say it with my mouth, but I believe we all can predict what will befall you..”
Mrs. Morrison also the Member of Parliament (MP) for Agona West Constituency gave the caution at the International School Meal Day celebration held at Agona Nyakrom in the Agona West Municipality of the Central Region at the weekend.
The event was in partnership with development partners of GSFP including World Food Programme, UNICEF, YEDENT, Amplifies and Partnership for Child Development.
“There will be no more delay in payment. As soon as the work is done you receive payment,” she said.
The MP for Agona West testified about the efficiency of the caterers in her constituency and the kind of quality of meals they prepare for the pupils in beneficiary schools, and thus encouraged them to do more.
The Acting National Coordinator of the Ghana School Feeding Programme, Dr. Gertrude Quashigah commended the Chiefs and people of Agona Nyakrom and the MP Cynthia Morrison for the successful hosting of the 2019 International School Meal Day celebration.
She charged the caterers to continue to patronize foods produced by the local farmers to make the school feeding programme more beneficial to the people at the local level.
Dr. Quashigah who is a nutrition specialist encouraged the caterers to be nutrition conscious and use more vegetables and other items rich in nutrition for the preparation of the meals.
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