Healthy Lunches in Schools
Ka Ora, Ka Ako | healthy school lunches programme
Ka Ora, Ka Ako aims to reduce food insecurity by providing access to a nutritious lunch every day. The name Ka Ora, Ka Ako is about being healthy and well in order to be in a good place to learn.
Research indicates that reducing food insecurity for children and young people:
- improves well-being
- supports child development and learning
- improves learners’ levels of concentration, behaviour and school achievement
- reduces financial hardship amongst families and whānau
- addresses barriers to children’s participation in education and promotes attendance at school
- boosts learners’ overall health.
At Meeeanee School we are lucky to have our lunches supplied by the Food Company.
The Food Company is proud to be delivering Free & Healthy Lunches to Meeanee School. We have been producing & delivering meals to 3000 Hawkes Bay children, starting in May 2020 as part of the Ministry of Education’s trial programme. We work within Nutritional Guidelines provided to us from the Ministry of Education. We are a local company employing local staff & we attempt to purchase as much of our produce locally.
We have come a long way from those early days to meet the nutritional guidelines while keeping the stomachs of the tamariki full. Being a local non-corporate company, we can adapt our menu at short notice and happily invite schools, teachers, parents, and children to suggest menu items that meet the nutritional guidelines of the Ministry.
Our goal is to teach tamariki better nutrition through this program, forming good eating habits.