Govt to roll out free lunches for some schools
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The government is rolling out a daily free lunch trial starting with 30 primary and intermediate schools from the beginning of next year.
The intention is to extend it to 21,000 children in 120 schools by the beginning of 2021.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the lunch programme in Rotorua today, saying, the issue is simple - New Zealanders don't want kids to go hungry.
Jacinda says fixing all the contributors to child poverty will take time but one thing the government can do straight away is make sure children get at least one decent meal a day.
The free lunch programme is one of many initiatives in the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy, which the government consulted with 10,000 people on.
More than 6000 of people were children, and Jacinda says they are the ones to point out that going to school hungry was a barrier to their learning.