'More mouths to feed in 2013'

The Peninsula School Feeding Association will have more hungry children to feed in 2013.

Food. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Peninsula School Feeding Association said on Wednesday it believes more children will be queuing for a meal next year.

The organisation said the number of hungry mouths increased by 4,000 this year.

The association's Andy Du Plessis said 330,000 children from more than 700 schools were fed, an increase of 4,000 from the beginning of the year.

He said this number is expected to grow by more than 10,000 next year.

"The number of children that we feed increases on an annual basis. It is a concern for us as more and more people losing jobs and more children are requesting to be a part of the school feeding programme."

He said despite government funding they still require an extra R15 million.

"90 percent of the funding we are involved with we receive from the government's National School Nutrition Programme. The concern is we have to feed from our own funds to schools that are not part of the programme."