A decision was passed for the full reform of the programme, including a comprehensive overhaul of the menu and management structure.
More recently, in 2010 the Ministry of Health assisted with further improvements by recommending an assortment of menu choices for the feeding programme.
In recent times, rumours circulated which suggested that the programme was at the point of closure, that the children did not enjoy the meals and that the meals which were being provided were sub-standard and not possession much nutritional value.
Minister Carty, however, said his recent visits to schools following recent comments about the Programme revealed that the quality of meals provided were at the very highest standard and that children in the schools found the meals enjoyable.
The minister added that Government would continue to ensure that nutritious meals would be provided for students who needed it, while maintaining its commitment to minimize wastage and upkeep quality.
The Minister also revealed to SKNIS that raising public awareness and education would help significantly in diminishing peer pressure as far as School Meals stigma is concerned.
(Content for this article was obtained from an SKNIS press release)