Ministry rethinks school food program

Last week, the newspaper reported that the school's principal was buying food daily out of her own money for up to 100 students, because the ministry had reneged on its promise to fund a food program.

By MIRIAM BULWAR DAVID-HAY
November 25, 2007 08:20
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Following last week's report that the Education Ministry had reneged on its promise to provide food for about 200 children at an impoverished elementary school in Yad Eliyahu, the ministry has decided to make good on its promise after all, reports Yediot Tel Aviv. The ministry announced that it has "found" funding for the food program at the Modi'im state religious school, and will transfer the money quickly so the school can begin supplying the children with hot meals. Last week, the newspaper reported that the school's principal was buying food daily out of her own money for up to 100 students, because the ministry had reneged on its promise to fund a food program. The school is entitled to the program because it is located in a crisis area and has mostly impoverished students. But at the beginning of the school year, the ministry suddenly announced that it did not have the budget to fund any new food programs. The report said publicity seemed to have done the trick, with the ministry suddenly announcing that it had the funds after all, and that Modi'im could join 10 other elementary schools in Tel Aviv-Jaffa that have subsidized food programs. "We are happy to announce that funding has been found for nutrition at the school," a ministry spokesman said. The ministry funds up to 30 percent of the program, with the city paying the bulk and parents paying a small share.

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