Meal Support Programme at UJ improves academic performance
The University of Johannesburg (UJ) found that many students were attending classes hungry and this prompted the start of a Meal Support Programme in 2010.
UJ’s Meal Support Programme in partnership the Gift of the Givers provides two cooked balanced meals a day to more than 3 800 needy students.
Mr Godfrey Helani, Director: Student Life and Governance at UJ says that the aim of the support scheme is to provide needy students daily access to a balanced meal. “The meal support scheme includes breakfast and dinner on weekdays and weekends greatly benefiting both day and residence students across the four UJ campuses.”
Commenting on the benefits of the Meal Support Programme, many of the enrolled students confirmed that the Programme has contributed positively not only to their academic performance but also to their general outlook on life and positive integration with other students.
Mr Helani points out that the University has seen positive indications since the inception of the Meal Support Programme. “We have noticed remarkable improvement in the self-esteem of these students and this has translated into improved academic performance,” he said.