National School Nutrition Programme


The National School Nutrition Programme in the NC is committed to provide an effective and efficient service to all learners in public schools through the implementation of an integrated nutrition and food production programme.  Through this programme we are able to provide at least one nutritious meal to 266 628 learners in 505 primary and secondary schools. Through this programme, we are able to provide a decent meal to 238 368 learners in no fee schools through the Conditional Grant.


An additional 28 260 learners in Quintile 4 to 5 schools also receive a daily meal through the equitable share. A total of R210 million is allocated for 2019/20, constituted of R189million from the NSNP Conditional Grant and R21 million from the Equitable share allocation.


1650 food handlers are contracted out of the school community, and 224 food garden initiatives are also supported. The objective of the programme is to provide nutritious meals to learners so as to improve their ability to learn.


The objectives of the Programme are:

  • ·         To contribute to enhanced learning capacity through school feeding,
  • ·         To promote food production initiatives.
  • ·         To strengthen nutrition education for the school community.




Through School Feeding, the Department of Education is attempting to address the plight of needy learners by providing them with a nutritious meal by 10:00am for 196 school days. The National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) therefore has three main integrated components namely School Feeding, Sustainable Food Production and Nutrition Education. The Department’s targeting policy is to offer all quintile 1 to 3 primary and secondary schools in the Province the opportunity to apply to participate in the NSNP.


All learners in the schools which apply to participate in the NSNP will be entitled to benefit from the programme (Grades R – 12). Quintile 4 and 5 primary and secondary schools are expected to target and identify needy learners, as funding is limited, due to quintile 4 and 5 schools not being budgeted for in the NSNP Conditional Grant.




Sustainable Food Production encourages learners, educators and community members to develop food gardens in schools and use them as living laboratories by integrating them into the curriculum. The Department has embarked on various strategies to implement projects at identified schools with the aim to roll these projects out to all participating schools.


Best school awards: 2018/19


The National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) Best School and District Awards are utilised to celebrate the dedication and hard work of key role players such as the School management Teams, Educators, Volunteer Food Handlers and School Governing Bodies for their daily contribution and dedication towards the success of the programme and showcasing good practices 


More information

NSNP Best School and District AWARDS 




The aim of Nutrition Education is to promote healthy eating habits and healthy lifestyles in schools and communities. It is through this component that the Programme hopes to be able to reach parents, educators, SGBs, SMTs, school gate vendors, tuck shop managers and interested community members.



NSNP District Contact Details 


Deworming programme


South Africa is a signatory to the World Health Assembly (WHA) resolution 54 19(May 2001) which calls for regular synchronized coordinated treatment of worms in high risk groups. Over 600 million learners worldwide are infected with worms. Sa local studies report 40-49% prevalence rates. Most prevalent amongst the disadvantaged children in density populated and underserviced, low altitude, coastal areas (Kwazulu Natal, Western Cape and Eastern Cape). In July 2014 the minister of Basic education in her budget vote speech announced the implementation of the deworming programme linked with NSNP, to maximize the health and cognitive benefits of school meals 


2019 Deworming programme targeting Grade 1-7 learners in all schools (Public, Private and Special)

Deworming Campaign Circular 34/2018

Educators Information Leaflet  

Fact Sheet Deworming 

FAQ Deworming Leaftlet 

Learn More About Worms 

Learners Deworming Leaftlet 

M&E Deworming Programme Tool  

Signed Letter to Parents

ISHP Consent Form


 EduPlant 2017/18 Competition

All South African schools that have been growing permaculture food gardens are invited to enter the competition.  66 schools representing all nine provinces will be invited to attend the finals workshop in October 2018, where final judging will take place.

Schools are requested to complete the entry form and submit to the nearest District office NSNP Unit no later than the 25th May 2018

Build a garden profile with colour pictures of fruit and vegetables that will be sent with the entry form or no later than the 1st June 2018.

We request schools to enter this competition so that we can have sustainable permaculture gardens.

Enquiries: If you encounter challenges in completing the entry contact Mr Khulu Mapatsi at 083 736 3444 or Mr Ernest Molusi at 083 736 3956


District office NSNP Unit

Frances Baard: Ms Nunu Matsio, Mr Dan Fata, Mr Vusi Morape

ZFM: Mr Henry Links

JTG: Mr K J Tlhage

Pixley Ka Seme: Ms Matyobeni

Namaqua: Mr J Windvogel, Ms Aleta Jafta


Application on EduPlant