Egypt’s Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly followed up on the implementation of the school meals system, according to a Cabinet statement released on Monday.
He stressed that the new system aims to provide nutrient-rich meals that students need starting from kindergarten all the way up to secondary school. It covers both public and Al-Azhar schools.
It came during a cabinet meeting that was also attended by Minister of Education Tarek Shawky, Minister of Higher Education and acting Minister of Health and Population Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, and Minister of Local Development Mahmoud Shaarawy; along with Major General Walid Abul-Magd, the Director-General of the National Service Projects Organisation of the Armed Forces, Silo Foods Chairperson Taymour Moussa, and officials from several ministries and relevant authorities.
During the meeting, Minister Tarek Shawky indicated that regulations governing the school meal system were sent to all education directorates. He stressed that the system is going better than any year before.
Moreover, Minister Mahmoud Shaarawy said that coordination is underway with the governors to provide the storage areas required to implement the school meals system at the governorate level.
Furthermore, Abul-Magd noted that the system was implemented over five phases that covered all the targeted areas in governorates nationwide, providing school meals to about 13.5 million students in various stages, including 12 million students in public schools and the remaining in Al-Azhar institutions.
Additionally, Moussa indicated that 200 million school meals have been distributed so far and discussed the measures taken to ensure the safety of the components of meals in coordination with the Egyptian Food Safety Authority.
Silo Foods, the mega food industries complex, was inaugurated by Al-Sisi in August 2021. It aims to provide high nutritional value school meals for around 13 million students nationwide.