The Osun Elementary School Feeding and Health Programme (a.k.a O’MEALS) which was formerly known as Home Grown School Feeding and Health Programme has been restructured in the State of Osun by the administration of Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, the Governor of the State. This was done so as to reverse the very low academic performance of pupils in both internal and externals, and the realization that good nutrition is necessary for proper cognitive development of pupils. Therefore, School feeding of the O’MEALS Programme commenced on Monday, 30th April 2012. O’MEALS School Feeding Programme is being implemented in a total of 1,375 Primary Schools across the State of Osun.
The daily feeding allowance for each pupil has been increased to an amount of N 50. 00, totalling N 250. 00 (equivalent to $ 1. 56) per School week. For effective service a total number of 3,007 food vendors/cooks were trained and are currently employed to serve midday meals for pupils of classes 1, 2, 3 and 4 in all Primary Schools in the State of Osun.
All food items being utilised for feeding pupils are available locally and this is to boost the income of local farmers and others on the supply chain. Nutrition experts developed a menu-table of foods to be served to School pupils.
DETAIL OF MEALS TO BE SERVED
|MONDAYS||YAM + FISH STEW + ORANGE|
|TUESDAYS||RICE + BEANS + STEW + CHICKEN + ORANGE|
|WEDNESDAYS||BEANS PORRIDGE + BREAD + WHOLE EGG + BANANA|
|THURSDAYS||RICE + EGUSI GARNISHED WITH VEGETABLE + CHICKEN + BANANA|
|FRIDAYS||PORRIDGE + VEGETABLE + BEEF + A SLICE OF PAWPAW|
For easy identification, each of the Food Vendors was provided with a pair of uniform free of charge. The uniforms provided in pairs include gowns, aprons, and caps. Government of the State of Osun also facilitated provision of cooking utensils for each of the Food Vendors at minimal cost. The First Bank PLC granted a loan of N 124.5 million to 123 Cooperative Groups of Food Vendors for purchasing cooking utensils. Government of the State of Osun agreed to pay the interest accrued on the loan facility and Food Vendors are to repay the loan within 36 months (3 years).
It was discovered that many primary schools in the State did not have hygienic environment that could support cooking of meals for pupils within their premises. Most of the Primary Schools do not have fence and this made such schools accessible to hoodlums and undesirable individuals of the society. So as to avoid contamination during food preparation, Government of the State of Osun decided that vendors should cook in their kitchen at home or their respective shops. More importantly, the Governor Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola had approved that food vendors will receive loan for the purpose of renting shops of their choice, so that it would also serve as advertisement for their services.