SCHOOL FEEDING PROGRAM
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The Home Grown School Feeding Programme (HGSF) aims to deliver school feeding to young children with a specific focus on increasing school enrollment, reducing the incidence of malnutrition (especially among the poor and those ordinarily unable to eat a meal-a-day), empowering community women as cooks and by supporting small farmers that help stimulate economic growth. In 2004, the Federal Government at the time had piloted the implementation of a Home Grown School Feeding (HGSF) programme. However, it did not spread throughout the entire country and was stopped after it started in 10 states and the Federal Capital Territory. Under the Buhari administration, the government recommitted to engaging in this initiative. Currently 24 states are implementing the HGSF programme, they include (Abia, Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi and Imo (South East); Akwa Ibom, Cross River and Delta (South-South); Osun, Oyo, Ondo and Ogun (South West); Benue, Niger and Plateau (North Central); Kaduna, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina and Zamfara (North West); Bauchi, Gombe, Borno and Jigawa (North East). Sokoto and Adamawa States are prepared to commence.
- The pupils are given a meal a day, which includes a fruit in season
- 8,596,340 pupils have been feed.
- 24 states implementing the program.
- 53,541 public primary schools have been reached by the initiative.
- 90,670 cooks are been engaged
- Over 240 million meals have been served.