Archive for February, 2007

February 12, 2007

Key gets cracking on Food In Schools

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Key gets cracking on Food In Schools - 12 feb 2007

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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.”

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February 4, 2007

National launches its Food in Schools programme

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Acknowledgement: Scoop.co.nz

February 4, 2007

National launches its Food in Schools programme

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National launches its Food in Schools programme  - 2007

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“National launches its Food in Schools programme

Sunday, 4 February 2007, 1:21 pm
Press Release: New Zealand Government

John Key MP
National Party Leader

3 February 2007

National launches its Food in Schools programme

National Party Leader John Key has announced the first initiative in what will be a National Food in Schools programme.
“National is committed to providing practical solutions to the problems which Helen Clark says don’t exist,” says Mr Key.

During his State of the Nation speech on Tuesday, Mr Key indicated National would seek to introduce a food in schools programme at our poorest schools in partnership with the business community.

Mr Key has since received an approach from Auckland-based company Tasti foods.
“I approached Wesley Primary School yesterday, a decile 1 school near McGehan Close, a street that has had more than its fair share of problems in recent times. I am told Wesley Primary, like so many schools in New Zealand, has too many kids turning up hungry.

“We’re putting Tasti and Wesley Primary together. This is a fantastic first step. In addition to this, Tasti has indicated they may wish to expand their generous donation of food to other schools in need, and we’ll be looking to facilitate that.

“We all instinctively know that hungry kids aren’t happy and healthy kids.”
Mr Key is also inviting other businesses to contact National so it can work on expanding the programme.
“I want this to be the first of many schools and businesses that we put together.
“I’m interested in what works and I am humbled by the support this idea has received already.
“We are going to put together the package while in Opposition. We are not waiting to be in Government, because all our kids deserve better.”

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National Party, in Opposition, 3 February 2007

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