Department of Basic Education

Former president, Nelson Mandela called for a primary school nutrition programme to be introduced in 1994 as thousands of our children arrived at school hungry compromising their ability to learn and achieve their potential. The National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) has benefitted learners from the poorest schools across the country.

The objectives of the NSNP are to:

  • contribute to enhanced learning capacity through school feeding programmes
  • promote and support food production and improve food security in school communities
  • strengthen nutrition education in schools and communities.

Since inception 17 years ago, considerable progress has been made and valuable lessons learnt leading to changes in the Programme; extending the school feeding to all learners at a school and the expansion into secondary schools in 2009.

The NSNP consists of a well co-ordinated team to manage and implement the programme throughout South Africa, and the good co-operation between the Department of Basic Education, provincial departments, district offices and partners who share a high level of commitment towards the future of our learners.

A Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) has been signed between the Department of Basic Education NSNP and the Tiger Brands Foundation to work collectively for the benefit of our young learners in vulnerable communities.

For more information on the NSNP, click here.

Signing of the MOA – 9 November 2011


From left to right; Ms Carina Muller – Deputy Director: School Feeding, Mr Kelvin Glen – Former Director: Tiger Brands Foundation & Ms Neo Rakwena, Director: National School Nutrition Programme