Local PR - South Waikato schools to serve KickStart Breakfasts this term

Electorate news
Friday, February 5, 2016

As the school year begins again, Local MP Louise Upston is pleased 13 schools in the South Waikato district are serving KickStart Breakfasts.

“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It prepares our kids for their day ahead, ready to learn. It’s so important all children start the day with a full stomach”.

“It’s fantastic to see so many of our schools offer the KickStart Breakfast programme, ensuring their students have a bowl of Weet-bix and milk before the school day starts”.

“The majority of parents in our region do a superb job, but we want to make sure all young Kiwis have the chance to make the most of their schooling,” says Ms Upston.

The KickStart Breakfast programme is a partnership between Government, Sanitarium, Fonterra and the community. In 2013 the Government provided $9.5 million over five years to expand the programme from 2 to 5 mornings per week and to any school that wants or needs it, regardless of decile.

“Since the Government expanded the programme 39 more schools in the Waikato region have started serving KickStart Breakfasts”.

“This week the six millionth KickStart Breakfast was served, showing the success of the programme not just here in South Waikato but nationwide”.

“Being a mother of 3, I know how busy mornings can be. Reminding ourselves and our kids that a good healthy breakfast is the secret to being able to tackle everything the day throws your way”.   

“Thanks to KickStart, our kids are healthier, better behaved, and more focused, with 99.5 per cent of schools satisfied or very satisfied with the Kickstart Breakfast programme,” says Ms Upston.

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