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.