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.

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: 2017/18


The National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) Best School and District Awards Recognize excellence and hard work by Provincial Department, Districts and Schools in ensuring that the Department achieves its mandate, thus “nourishing young growing minds for learning”.


Application Form




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

Over 600 million learners are infected with parasitic worms. In South Africa, studies report 40-90% prevalence rates amongst learners. These infections harm their health and development, and can negatively impact on educational and economic achievement both in the short- and long- terms. 


The World Health Organisation recommends that school children be dewormed as they are mostly infected with the worms. Through schools, large numbers of learners can be reached. Deworming will also contribute to improved health and educational achievement.


Deworming Campaign 2017 Schedule of Implementation

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