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Janeine Stibbe is a PE teacher and well­be­ing leader at Caloun­dra State High School on Queens­land’s Sun­shine Coast, where one in four of the al­most 1300 stu­dents are com­ing to school with­out break­fast or lunch.

She said staff recog­nised how im­por­tant it was for the stu­dents to have enough to eat.

“They know they are go­ing to get more out of their kids in class,” Ms Stibbe said.

The school pro­vides break­fast for any stu­dent who wants it on Fri­days and she said mak­ing it avail­able for ev­ery­one re­moved any po­ten­tial awk­ward­ness for r those who re­ally needed the food.

Stu­dents also know that sev­eral sup­port staff at the school, such as the nurse and the chap­lain, have used their own money to cre­ate a sup­ply of food such as muesli bars or cheese toasties for r those who need lunch.

“If they feel un­com­fort­able, they can ac­cess food from peo­ple who don’t ask them why or how,” she said.

The school has ap­plied for a Feed Ap­peal grant to help buy food.

The Feed Ap­peal, which was founded by national food charity FareShare and News Corp Aus­tralia, has re­ceived al­most 100 Ru­ral Schools Grants ap­pli­ca­tions in 2020.

If the One=One cam­paign were able to fund all of these, it would equal more than 150,000 meals be­ing pro­vided in these schools in the com­ing year.

While Caloun­dra State High School hopes to ben­e­fit from a grant, the stu­dents are also do­ing their best to raise money for the Feed Ap­peal.

The mid­dle school stu­dent coun­cil is run­ning a One=One free-dress day at the end of term with a goal of rais­ing $250.

“They want to do it be­cause they’re sup­port­ing kids their own age who are do­ing it tough — that’s what re­ally hit home,” Ms Stibbe said.

 ??  ?? Caloun­dra State High School stu­dents Jack Web­ster and Claire Thomme.
Caloun­dra State High School stu­dents Jack Web­ster and Claire Thomme.

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