A Quantitative Assessment of the Nutritional Value of the Food for the School Nutrition Programme in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa

A Quantitative Assessment of the Nutritional Value of the Food for the School Nutrition Programme in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa

Tafirenyika Mafugu1 and Tecklah Usai2

1Kwantebeni Comprehensive High School, Pinetown, South Africa
2Midlands State University, Zimbabwe

International Journal of Food and Nutrition Research

The aim of the study was to determine the nutritional value of the food for the school nutritional programme in one district in KwaZulu-Natal Province. A positivist research paradigm and a quantitative research approach were used in the study. Furthermore, a cross-sectional research design was utilized. The quantitative data was analysed using SPSS and Excel and was presented in texts and tables. The study found that the average daily intake per learner from the school nutrition programme was 218 Kcal energy, 7.7g of protein, 1.8g of fat and 3.2g of dietary fibre. These were all below 30% of RDA values. The observed mean protein, energy and vitamin K intakes per child per day were significantly lower than the expected mean intake for the nutrients. Intakes of other nutrients were within the limits of the prescribed amounts according to the menu quantity schedule.There were variations in the nutrient intake among learners in different schools due to inconsistent supply of food items by service providers.

Keywords: school feeding programme, school nutrition, nutrients, nutritional value, balanced diet, recommended dietary allowances

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Tafirenyika Mafugu and Tecklah Usai. A Quantitative Assessment of the Nutritional Value of the Food for the School Nutrition Programme in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa. International Journal of Food and Nutrition Research, 2019; 3:25. DOI:10.28933/ijfnr-2019-03-0605


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