School feeding, also known as schools meals, have been part of the education system since pre-independence times. The school meals programme began as a pilot in 1963 in Mbabane ans Manzini witha grant from Save the Children Fund - UK with additional funds coming in 1965 from Oxfam UK. At this time parents had to pay for the food.
The purpose of these guidelines is to provide a standardized national model for integrated management of severe and moderate acute malnutrition in children. The individual components of this approach can be implemented at all levels of healthcare in order to target the largest number of malnourished children possible. Individual providers may need to apply these guidelines while adapting them to their individual client's situation and local resource concerns.