Vulnerable children living in hardship are facing their toughest winter yet as the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic hits home. Schools surveyed by KidsCan are reporting more students arriving without enough food or warm clothes.
Karena Tamehana is the principal of Rawene Primary School in the Far North. As schools prepare to return, she writes about her fear of the pandemic's implications for children already grappling with poverty.
With schools currently closed due to Covid-19, KidsCan knew that this meant that the 34,000 Kiwi kids who would normally depend our food programme each day, would now be facing the very real prospect of going hungry.