Spencer said due to the passage of Tropical Storm Gonzalo on Monday, the majority of the school plants were left without electricity, which would have hampered the preparation and distribution of the school meals.
“We could not operate in an environment where we could allow for water or airborne diseases to affect our children. We operate a system where we say we are dealing with Nutrition for Learning and also we are providing safe meals in the interest of our children,” Spencer said during an interview.
“It was pretty wise for us to ensure all things were in place before we roll out meals to the schools,” he added.
Classes were cut short at several primary schools on Wednesday, due to the lack of electricity and water.
The absence of the school meals programme on that day, was attributed to that problem.
But Samuel contends that prior notice was given to all the participating education facilities.
The programme was ,however, rolled out in most of the schools yesterday.
The manager indicated the serving centres across the island were spared during the passage of the tropical storm that caused extensive damage to the twin island state on Monday.