2. Food In Schools – Child Poverty NZ Solutions
Did you know that over 1 in 4 Kiwi kids lives
in poverty? That’s 270,000 children. Enough to fill our biggest rugby stadium five
and a half times. But what does living in poverty mean in New
Zealand? It means that 1 in 5 kiwi households with school age kids do not have enough food
to feed their families That too many of our kids go to school without
eating breakfast, or are growing up without the fresh fruit and vegetables they need.
This is bad for our kids, being hungry at school affects our children’s ability to learn.
Poor nutrition in childhood is also linked to developmental delays, more frequent illnesses
and obesity It doesn’t have to be this way. If New Zealand
supports breakfast and lunch clubs in schools we can make sure no Kiwi kids go hungry. Programmes like these have been shown to promote
a healthy diet, and to improve children’s school attendance, behaviour, and ability
to learn. Breakfast clubs also provide a safe, early morning place to increase social skills
and confidence, creating a better school environment. It’s time we got our act together and supported
our schools, communities and businesses to turn all Kiwi kids into healthy, well educated
adults. These could be the doctors and nurses we need to look after our aging population.
Our scientists, artists, entrepreneurs. Our future all blacks and silver ferns.
In the end, it’s not just hungry kids that benefit, but all New Zealanders.
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