BLA was thrilled to join our partner, Peninsula School Feeding Association (PSFA), at the handover of a brand new 21m2 prefabricated kitchen at Valhalla Senior Secondary School in Elsies River, on 18 February 2021. The build kicked off on 18 January this year, with a sod-turning ceremony that was attended by GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World, primary sponsor of this project, and co-sponsors Breadline Africa and PSFA.
GrandWest have also kindly adopted the school’s feeding initiative for the 2021 academic year in partnership with the PSFA. 165 learners on the school feeding programme will benefit from daily nutritious meals, General Manager, Mervyn Naidoo said, “Due to COVID-19 and the downturn of the economy, there are so many more learners needing nutrition at schools and GrandWest is pleased to be able to feed hungry young mouths.”
Martin Lesch, Valhalla Senior Secondary School principal, said the learners and staff were grateful to all the partners for making this project possible. Having this dedicated space will allow us to continue expanding our much-needed feeding programme. This donation is truly one which contributes toward the future of our country, by helping to develop the next generation of leaders.”
Diane Laugksch, Breadline Africa’s Strategic Partnerships Manager explained that this initiative aims to ensure that school children do not go hungry and that schools in under-resourced communities are suitably equipped to offer learners a warm, healthy meal, every day. Internationally, research shows that children learn more effectively when their nutritional needs are met. PSFA has a long history of supporting school feeding programmes and Breadline Africa is immensely proud to be associated with this project and to partner with PSFA. We look forward to continuing and growing our partnership and thank GrandWest for sponsoring the Valhalla Senior Secondary School feeding programme.