She indicated that apart from its core mandate of providing one hot nutritious meal on every school day for deprived children, increasing enrollment and retention, the GSFP is going to create more direct and indirect employment for many Ghanaians to boost the local economy.

She noted that under the Home Grown School Feeding, the consumption of locally produced foodstuffs by local farmers would be vigorously enforced.

Dr Quashigah said the Management of the Ghana School Feeding Programme would ensure that the caterers buy from the local farmers at all times so that they will also continue to produce more.

“It is just a matter of letting the farmers especially those under the Planting for Food and Jobs know exactly what kind of crops the caterers need to prepare meals for the children so that the farmers can cultivate them accordingly. In this way more jobs will be created for the farmers, transport owners, drivers, loading boys etc,” she stated.

The Ghana School Feeding Programme now benefits over 2.8 million pupils in 9,495 deprived schools. It has also employed over 9,700 caterers and 19,400 cooks.