Green Party Co-leader Metiria Tūrei has taken over sponsorship of the Feed the Kids Bill which Mana’s Hone Harawira introduced to Parliament.
The Bill aims to set up government funded breakfast and lunch programmes in all decile 1 and 2 schools.
The way the numbers stack up in the new Parliament, this Bill will be voted down unless we can persuade the National Party to change its position and support it to go to Select Committee.
If the Bill goes to Select Committee, MPs will be able hear from parents, kids, teachers and others about what they think are the best solutions for feeding hungry kids at school. There are lots of ideas about how school food could be delivered and who should get it. We need to have the public debate about addressing child poverty, and come up with the best solutions for helping hungry kids.
Providing breakfasts and lunches in schools is a simple, easy and immediate way to address growing levels of child poverty in Aotearoa and has been a key recommendation of leading organisations such as the Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty.
Kia ora for supporting the Feed the Kids Bill
The 25+ organisations supporting the Bill are driving a community campaign calling for the government to vote for it at First Reading. Most of all, thank you to Hone Harawira and TangataWhenua.com for your work on this Bill.