1 Dec 2004

American Samoan school lunch programme revived

3:47 pm on 1 December 2004

In American Samoa, the School Lunch Program is once again accepting taro and bananas from local farmers.

Two months after Hurricane Heta hit last January, the programme stopped accepting taro and bananas claiming the quality was low and the food was not fit for consumption.

This caused an uproar by local farmers but attempts made in the House of Representatives to get the ban lifted were not successful.

When the new school year started in September the ban remained in place, but was lifted last month.

The school lunch programme's weekly intake is several tonnes of bananas and taro.