A government funding boost will help ensure Western Bay of Plenty children are not hungry at school, says Tauranga MP Simon Bridges.
Prime Minister John Key has announced the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Social Development are jointly funding $320,000 for KidsCan to deliver free food to an extra 7500 New Zealand children this year.
KidsCan currently provides free food each week at school for around 8500 financially disadvantaged children.
Simon says he is pleased Greerton Village School will benefit from the boost.
“We know many parents are struggling to make ends meet, and that kids can’t learn if they’re hungry.
This food will really make a difference to the ability of these children to concentrate at school.
“The funding boost is an example of the difference we can make for children and their families when communities come together in a spirit of generosity,” says Simon.
KidsCan executive director Julie Helson says the funding from the Government could not have come at a better time.
“We will now be able to meet the needs of the thousands of hungry children on our waiting list, ensuring they are in better position to learn in the classroom,” says Julie.