New food-in-schools initiative applauded
Press Release 1/03/2013
The NZ Food & Grocery Council applauds George Weston Foods for the launch of the ‘Nourish Our Kids’ programme for low-decile schools, says Chief Executive Katherine Rich.
George Weston Foods, in partnership with KidsCan Charitable Trust, will by the end of the year triple the number of decile 1-4 primary and intermediate schools that receive Tip Top bread.
"Nourish Our Kids, which will deliver free bread to participating schools, is a substantial and generous addition to the number of food-in-schools programmes supported by members of the Food & Grocery Council," Mrs Rich says.
“Putting 100,000 loaves of bread into 300 schools each year is a fantastic contribution.
“George Weston has been involved in food-in-schools initiatives since 2008 and should be congratulated on this latest move.
“The Nourish Our Kids programme is a further example of the food industry playing its part in the community.”
Other initiatives include:
- The ‘Kick Start’ programme, championed by Sanitarium and Fonterra, which has delivered more than two million breakfasts to children in decile 1-4 schools since 2008.
- Fonterra’s ‘Milk for Schools’ programme.
- FGC members’ participation in ‘Fuelled4life’, a healthy-food-in-schools initiative.
- Nestle’s ‘Be Healthy, Be Active’ online education resource for intermediate school children launched last year in collaboration with Learning Media.