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Petitioning Prime Minister John Key and 7 others

New Zealand Government: Support the Feed the Kids Bill

565
Supporters

An estimated 270, 000 children live in poverty in New Zealand

Currently 20% of households with school age children are unable to provide a sufficient nutritionally balanced diet for their children

Research shows that hunger and inadequate nutrition in children is linked to poor academic performance and achievement. This, in turn, is associated with feelings of disempowerment, reduced future employment opportunities and individuals becoming trapped in low wage employment or benefit dependency later in life.

Children with poor nutrition, whose breakfast is composed of less than 20% of the recommended daily energy requirement, score lower in creativity tests, have lower voluntary physical endurance, and have higher reports of ‘feeling bad’.

Children from low-income households are more likely to have higher cholesterol intake and eat fewer healthy foods than their peers in higher income households.

The cost of implementing this Bill is $100 million per year, which pales in comparison to the approximately $6 billion annual cost we pay in dealing with the poor health, remedial education and reduced productivity of those who have grown up in poverty.

This Bill will provide a sustainable and secure nutritional basis for these children while at school to enable them to learn, gain employment opportunities, and participate as meaningful members of society.

Kids don’t choose to be hungry and moreover they are powerless to change their own situation; it is up to every one of us to sign a petition to make change happen for them.

Letter to
Prime Minister John Key
Leader United Future Peter Dunne
National Party Whip Michael Woodhouse
and 5 others
Minister of Health Tony Ryall
Minister of Education Hekia Parata
Leader Act Party John Banks
Minister of Economy Bill English
Minister of Social Development Paula Bennett
New Zealand Government: Support the Feed the Kids Bill

I support the Mana Party’s Feed the Kids Bill to provide the 110,000 children from decile 1 and 2 schools with a nutritional breakfast and lunch on every school day.

I support the aims of this Bill in improving school attendance, learning achievement and health indicators in this vulnerable population.

An estimated 270, 000 children live in poverty in New Zealand.

Currently 20% of households with school age children are unable to provide a sufficient nutritionally balanced diet for their children.

Research shows that hunger and inadequate nutrition in children is linked to poor academic performance and achievement. This, in turn, is associated with feelings of disempowerment, reduced future employment opportunities and individuals becoming trapped in low wage employment or benefit dependency later in life.

Children with poor nutrition, whose breakfast is composed of less than 20% of the recommended daily energy requirement, score lower in creativity tests, have lower voluntary physical endurance, and have higher reports of ‘feeling bad’.

Children from low-income households are more likely to have higher cholesterol intake and eat fewer healthy foods than their peers in higher income households.

The cost of implementing this Bill is $100 million per year, which pales in comparison to the approximately $6 billion annual cost we pay in dealing with the poor health, remedial education and reduced productivity of those who have grown up in poverty.

This Bill will provide a sustainable and secure nutritional basis for these children while at school to enable them to learn, gain employment opportunities, and participate as meaningful members of society.

Kids don’t choose to be hungry and moreover they are powerless to change their own situation.