The Government of Trinidad and Tobago recognises that education must involve the total health and well-being of the child. Deserving students throughout Trinidad are therefore provided breakfast and lunch through the School Nutrition Programme. Each school day, over 40,000 breakfasts and almost 100,000 lunches are served to students enrolled in 822 pre-primary, primary, secondary and special schools.
The programme is managed by the National Schools Dietary Services Limited (NSDSL), which falls under the authority of the Ministry of Education.
Will my child receive meals?
Your child will receive breakfast and/or lunch if the principal of his or her school recommends that your child participate in the School Nutrition Programme. The principal's recommendation is generally based on your family's socio-economic level, as indicated in your child's application for enrolment in school.
Your child must also be enrolled in:
- An Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) centre.
- A government, government assisted or private Primary School.
- A government, government assisted or private Secondary School.
- An institution or centre designated by the State for educational purposes and be under the age of 21.
Do I have to pay any fees?
Meals are provided through the School Nutrition Programme at no cost to parents or students.
Where can I find more information?
For more information, please contact the National Schools Dietary Services Limited, which is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, except public holidays.
National Schools Dietary Services Limited
6 Newbold Street
Trinidad, West Indies
Tel. (868) 622-2735 or 622-8435
Fax. (868) 622-6659
You can also visit the Ministry of Education's website by following the link below.