One in five children in New Zealand live in homes that struggle to put good quality food on the table – and for Māori children, it’s one in four.
While the Government is trying to combat the issue with its healthy lunch program Ka Ora Ka Ako, only a quarter of schools are targeted.
My greatest political regret was that MANA wasn’t able to get the Feed the Kids Bill though (thanks to Peter Dunne who was prepared to sell his vote to John Key for mass surveillance but not grant Feed The Kids a 3rd reading).
Feeding every kid a free nutritious Breakfast and Lunch would be the single greatest means to lift educational achievement than any other educational policy.
It would directly remove a huge weekly cost to the poorest amongst us, would greatly reduce truancy and would build life long positive ends to education.
Unfortunately Feed The Kids failed because a large swath of NZ believes feeding hungry children a nutritious breakfast and lunch at school lets the parents off the hook and they would prefer children go hungry than allow free breakfasts or lunch.
That’s why it matters that The AM Show is pushing this. The AM Show is breakfast news for reactionary Kiwis, so if they are championing it, it has more chance of getting past the naked spite those reactionary Kiwis usually view such progress.
It’s like Mike Hosking championing migrant rights.
Let’s hope this can restart Feed The Kids.
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