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More than 1.5 million breakfasts served in schools

Published: 6:00AM Friday April 04, 2014 Source: ONE News

  • School child eats fruit for breakfast. (Source: ONE News)
    School child eats fruit for breakfast. - Source: ONE News

More than 1.5 million breakfasts have been served to children since the Government expanded a free breakfast programme to include all schools, regardless of decile.

Prime Minister John Key and Social Development Minister Paula Bennett celebrated the milestone at Henderson School in Auckland this morning.

"Thousands of children are getting a healthy start in the morning thanks to the programme which is growing across schools throughout the country each week," says Ms Bennett.

The KickStart breakfast programme was initially set up five years ago with the help of Fonterra and Sanitarium to provide free meals in decile one to four schools.

The Government then expanded the programme in May last year to include all primary and secondary schools.

'I've got to say it's social consequences that I hadn't expected. Some of the kids are coming in for a second breakfast, it's got community involvement, it's got corporate's obviously with Fonterra and Sanitarium on board, Government putting in our bit - it's having some quite lovely positive results," she says.

The Government says more than 25,000 children are now fed by the programme every week with 732 schools signed up for term two - an increase of more than 100 new schools since the beginning of the year.