School feeding scheme volunteers steal food

The suspects have been relieved of their duties as volunteer food handlers at Isiphiwo Primary School in the Harare informal settlement.

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CAPE TOWN - Five volunteers who operated a feeding scheme at a Khayelitsha school are due to appear in court next month.

This after officials discovered the group allegedly stole food worth about R15, 000 for themselves.

The suspects have been relieved of their duties as volunteer food handlers at Isiphiwo Primary School in Harare.

The women prepared two meals a day for the school's more than 1,000 pupils at a cost of R3,55 per learner, per day.

Jessica Shelver, spokesperson for the Western Cape Education MEC says: “R15,000 worth of food is almost two entire days’ food for these learners. And it’s simply unacceptable that anyone would steal food right out the mouths of our learners. The school feeding scheme does not only provide nutrition for the learners but encourages them to arrive early for school and stay in school.

The principal and the school governing body are responsible for the appointment of the volunteer food handlers.