A decision has been made to rebuild the Christchurch Cathedral at a cost of $108 million taking up to ten years. If that money were applied to providing free breakfasts and lunches to all decile one and two schools it would pay for those meals for around seven to ten years.
A few days ago Radio NZ did a survey of what kids brought to school for lunch at a decile 10 school and at a decile 1 school and the results are heart breaking. I think the video will be on their website if you want to look it up.
Around two years ago our 'wonderful' parliamentarians narrowly rejected a bill that if enacted would have provided free lunches and breakfasts at all decile one and two schools. Hardly a radical proposal seeing there are plenty of poor kids at decile three and higher schools but it would have been a start.
To finish I would say well done to all the companies and individuals who are doing something about this issue and feeding kids, however, my point is that it should be funded properly by Government.