Ensure no food wastage in serving healthy meals in schools

I am glad to read that 209 schools have joined the Healthy Meals in Schools Programme ("More school canteens serving healthy food"; Feb 1).

However, I believe that the implementation of the scheme can be better managed.

One, students should be given the choice whether to include fruit with every meal purchase.

Although fruit is good for students, some of them may not like fruit, or what is available.

The fruit will go to waste as highlighted by a canteen vendor in the article. This goes against the drive to reduce food wastage.

Two, costs could be better managed to ensure that food prices remain affordable, especially for students from families with incomes that falls just outside the financial assistance scheme.

Leong Kok Seng