KidsCan Backs Call For Food in Schools Programme

KidsCan Backs Call For Food in Schools Programme

Monday, September 10, 2012

KidsCan Backs Call For Food in Schools Programme

The KidsCan Charitable Trust supports the call for a national food programme in low decile schools but believes a targeted approach supporting the most needy children should be the key focus. The charity supports the model of business, community and the government working together to address the issue of children going to school hungry.

Says KidsCan CEO & Founder Julie Chapman (nee Helson). "This is an issue for all New Zealanders and we have a responsibility to ensure our most vulnerable children are receiving the basics they need to get to and through the school gates in a position to learn". 

 "Schools and teachers have enough to do without worrying about where they will get the funding to continue to provide food on an ongoing basis for children who are going hungry" "Our programme takes that pressure away and we have found that a targeted, discrete approach which supports the most needy children in a school with food that can be given at any time of the day is the most effective and financially prudent approach

"As the Prime Minister said today not all children in low decile schools need a food programme.  "What is needed however is a national food strategy and we believe we have, over the past seven years developed a sustainable model which has proven positive educational outcomes"

In 2006 and 2010 Massey University evaluated KidsCans programmes and found that its food programme in particular increased attendance and concentration in class whilst significantly reducing bullying and incidences of hungry children taking other children's food.

Currently KidsCan receives support for its food programme from the business community with some funding also provided by the Ministry of Social Development. The charity also has a monthly donation scheme where caring Kiwis can support a New Zealand child for $15 a month with 100% of pledges going to children in need.

For more information visit www.kidscan.org.nz

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Further Information: For the past seven years KidsCan have been providing food, clothing and shoes in low decile schools throughout New Zealand. Currently the charity feeds 4500 children a day in 223 schools throughout New Zealand and says there are a further 11,000 children in decile one to four schools who are in need of food on a daily basis right now. Food provided includes 40,000 loaves of Tip Top bread donated by George Weston Foods, baked beans, spreads, fruit pottles, porridge, raisins and muesli bars. 

Media Enquires:
Julie Chapman (nee Helson)
KidsCan CEO
[email protected]
027 293 1778