12 February 2007
Key gets cracking on Food In Schools
National Party Leader John Key has met with representatives of the KidsCan organisation today in a bid to expand and implement National’s Food In Schools programme.
“It’s fantastic that other good corporate citizens are putting up their hands and embracing the idea that we can all do more to help the hungry kids in our poorest schools.”
He is responding to the offer today by James Crisp Limited, to provide KidsCan with boxes of Cinderella raisins for distribution at low decile schools. It follows last week’s donation to KidsCan by Tasti foods.
“This is a great example of the business and not-for-profit sectors working in partnership for the benefit of the whole community. It proves that the state is not necessarily the answer to everything. I want to turbo charge the not-for-profit sector and that includes groups like KidsCan.”
National will now be putting business donors in contact with established not-for profit providers after Labour Ministers attacked Food In Schools as ‘Tory charity’.
“KidsCan is currently working with 61 schools. We want to continue working with organisations like this because we don’t want individual schools becoming the meat in a political sandwich.”
Mr Key says for that reason he will keep confidential any direct requests from schools for assistance.
“Unlike Labour, I’m less interested about arguing about the size of the problem and more interested in actually doing something for these kids.”
Acknowledgment: National – Key gets cracking on Food In Schools