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70,000 sign petition to keep free school lunches – Health Coalition Aotearoa

Contrary to the Associate Minister of Education’s claims, analysis of Healthy School Lunches Programme – Ka Ora, Ka Ako assessments has revealed it provides excellent value for the taxpayer dollar, as a groundswell of public opposition to Government cuts continues to grow.

Two petitions against cuts to the programme by Health Coalition Aotearoa and the NZ Labour Party have attracted 70,000 signatures between them as of Thursday March 28.

Strong evidence backing Ka Ora, Ka Ako was presented at a webinar by A Better Start – National Science Challenge and Health Coalition Aotearoa (HCA) this week.

“Multiple assessments show the programme is very good value for public investment, it’s effectively feeding hungry kids with healthy food, supporting their physical, mental health, wellbeing and education,” HCA co-chair Professor Boyd Swinburn said.

“An ERO report out today calls for national action on disruptive student behaviour and you have to ask about the possible causes for this – including food poverty or being ‘hangry’ – a problem school lunches can address.”

Analysis of the programme assessments showed a wide range of benefits including:

 

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