Break­fast pro­gramme proves huge suc­cess

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So­cial De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Anne Tolley cel­e­brated the suc­cess of Kick­Start break­fasts at Holy Fam­ily School in Mun­gavin Ave last Thurs­day.

Since the Gov­ern­ment be­gan part­ner­ing with Fon­terra and San­i­tar­ium in the pro­gramme, 3 mil­lion break­fasts have been served.

That brings the to­tal to more than 8 mil­lion meals since 2009.

All Black Ma’a Nonu, Hur­ri­cane Ardie Savea and Maori Party coleader Marama Fox also turned up to support the chil­dren and see how Kick­Start works.

The break­fast pro­gramme reaches more than 26,000 chil­dren through­out the coun­try.

The Gov­ern­ment’s $ 9.5m fund­ing over five years has en­abled the pro­gramme to ex­pand from two to five morn­ings a week and to in­clude all pri­mary and sec­ondary schools that want and need it.

‘‘ With the ex­pan­sion, there’s been a 37 per cent in­crease in the num­ber of schools tak­ing up the pro­gramme, from 573 to 783 schools,’’ Tolley said.

‘‘ Sev­enty- nine per cent now pro­vide break­fasts for more than two days and 54 per cent are op­er­at­ing the break­fast five days a week.’’

She said schools had in­di­cated the scheme was hav­ing a ma­jor im­pact on the well­be­ing of the chil­dren. Nearly 73 per cent of schools had noted im­prove­ments in gen­eral health and well­be­ing, 72 per cent re­ported bet­ter con­cen­tra­tion, 59 per cent said be­hav­iour had im­proved and 37 per cent be­lieved it had im­proved chil­dren’s aca­demic per­for­mance.

Big turnout: Hur­ri­cane Ardie Savea, left and All Black Ma’a Nonu, Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox, seated left, and So­cial De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Anne Tolley cel­e­brated the Kick­Start break­fast pro­gramme at Holy Fam­ily School.

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