Poll a Welcome Indication of Public Support For Children
Media release from Every Child Counts
Poll Result a Welcome Indication of Public Support For Children
The One News Colmar Brunton poll showing that 70 percent of the public supports State-funded food in schools reflects public concern about the impact of poverty on children and the need for the government to take action, says the ‘Community Campaign for Food in Schools’.
“Tonight’s poll reflects what New Zealanders up and down the country have been telling us: food in schools is a sensible policy that provides an immediate response to children in need and we want government action to address child poverty,” says Deborah Morris-Travers, manager of Every Child Counts.
“In a food producing nation like ours, it is scandalous to have children going hungry, yet that is the reality for many of the 270,000 children living in poverty. For families on limited incomes, housing and electricity are likely to be paid for ahead of food, leaving some families short of the nutritious food that children need.
“It is good to see that so many people appreciate the importance of feeding children at school. Food in schools is a practical, child-centred response to the impact of poverty on children. It can increase health, improve education outcomes and build stronger communities.
“Children themselves have told us they want food in schools and that hunger is the priority issue associated with poverty.
“We look forward to the government’s food in schools announcement tomorrow. We hope it will provide the most nutritious food possible to the most children possible, delivered in a way that builds school communities. From there, we hope to see the government take steps to implement the wider recommendations of the Experts Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty,” concludes Ms Morris-Travers.
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* Community Campaign for Food in Schools
(as at 27 May)
Auckland Action Against Poverty
Caritas Aotearoa NZ
Child Poverty Action Group
Choose Kids: Students Giving Kiwi Kids a Chance
Every Child Counts
NZ Educational Institute
NZ Nurses’ Organisation
NZ Principals’ Federation
Poverty Action Waikato
Quality Public Education Coalition (QPEC)
Save the Children
Te ORA (Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa): Māori Medical Practitioners’ Association
Te Rōpū Wāhine Māori Toko i te Ora (Māori Women’s Welfare League)
Te Tai Tokerau PHO
Te Waka Huia Māori Cultural Group
Tertiary Education Union
The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners