The ACT Party claims advice from the Ministry of Education around healthy school lunches proves Kiwi kids who bring their own food to school are being discouraged from eating it.
“After it was revealed this week thousands of lunches are going to waste, the Ministry now wants to stop children from eating their own lunches,” ACT leader David Seymour says.
The Ka Ora, Ka Ako – healthy school lunches programme aims to reduce food insecurity by providing access to a nutritious lunch for students at certain schools across the country with high levels of need.
Advice from the Ministry of Education from March suggests schools could try to ensure children are getting the most from their lunches by creating a time of around 15 minutes for their provided lunch, “while food from home stays in students’ bags”.
Seymour claims this treatment “punishes” schoolchildren and their parents who have taken “personal responsibility” for providing their own lunch each day.
“It’s just mean to leave kids sitting there at lunchtime waiting to eat their own food,” Seymour adds.
I’d call it bonkers, not mean.
The Ministry also suggests that schools should choose a time for lunch that will give staff and students the most opportunity to benefit and claimed healthy food tastes better if you are hungry.
Yeah when you are starving, even lettuce tastes good!