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Breakfast is served for students at 21 schools in the Taupo electorate as the KickStart Breakfast programme helps to give students the best start to their day, MP for Taupo Louise Upston says.

More than 28,000 students in 913 schools across the country are receiving nutritious morning meals through the programme.

There are nine schools in the Taupo region, 11 in South Wikato and one in Cambridge taking part in the programme.

“There’s no better way for kids to be ready to learn than with a healthy breakfast to kick off their day at school,” says Ms Upston. “KickStart certainly lives up to its name, as behaviour and energy levels improve as a result of the programme.

“Children can switch on straight away when teaching begins, and keeping their focus through the day becomes easier since they are not feeling hungry.’’

The programme is not just for lower decile schools. Around 126,000 breakfasts are served every week in decile 1 to 10 primary and secondary schools. 85 per cent of schools in the KickStart programme are providing breakfast more than twice a week.

More than eight million breakfasts have been served since the programme was expanded in 2013, with the Government investing $9.5 million over five years.

The Government, through the Ministry of Social Development, is joined by Fonterra and Sanitarium in the scheme, along with the volunteers who run the breakfast clubs. The school incurs no costs, as the milk, Weetbix and delivery costs are funded by the partnership.

Schools that wish to join the programme can register on the KickStart Breakfast website: https://kickstartbreakfast.co.nz/apply

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