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.
Our truancy rate is going to cause a tumour of social cancer that will stunt this nations development.
Feed all the kids in every school free Breakfasts and Lunches so that young peoples first experience of the State is kindness and not shit!
Nothing will attract students from vulnerable communities like knowledge of Breakfast and Lunch.
This policy would do more to put money back into the pockets of the poorest than any other single policy and lift educational achievements.
Hungry kids don’t learn!
When I talk about free breakfast and lunches at school, I’m talking good, nutritious food, not cheap shit!
I’m talking about funding for school gardens and parents paid to come in and help serve the kai.
I’m talking about seeing food security via our schools as an essential for resilience and I think the same level of food subsidy should be provided for RSA, homeless shelters and Churches as well.
We need to get back to basics, and food security is the most basic of basics.
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