Around 40,000 students attend their school hungry each day as they have no food to eat, according to reports.
The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has suggested the taxpayers should pay their three hours wages to the primary and intermediate school to assist the food supplies in the school. Also, volunteers should be appointed to make sure that the children get breakfast.
According to CPAG, this initiation will cost $6.7 million a year, if the charities and donors provide the food and will cost around $14 million for schools to buy the food.
Deflated news was also out few days back that the Australian-owned Countdown supermarket chain has withdrawn the sponsorship for providing breakfast to schools. This programme was run by Red Cross, which has served more than 720,000 breakfasts to thousands of children in the schools, in the last five years. It had cost $200,000 a year for five years to the chain that was supposed to be a very minute amount in front of the chain's daily profits.
A poll was conducted where participants were asked, "Should the Government underwrite breakfast programmes in all NZ's 463 decile 1 and 2 primary and intermediate schools”? The results out were with 51% yes and 49% no. Most participants blamed the parents for spending the money on trivial things rather than providing food to their children.
Good News USA
- Vodafone NZ’s new ‘Red Home’ packages will offer UFB and 150 TV channels
- Vodafone NZ’s full-year profit plunged by more than two-thirds to $56 million
- Vodafone adding 34 European countries to ‘AU$5 per day’ international roaming option
- Telstra launches its new ‘Every Day Connect Data Share Packages’
- Voyager signs “multimillion-dollar deal” with submarine cable group Hawaiki