KidsCan welcomes the Government’s announcement today that free period products will be provided to all New Zealand students who need them.
Teachers are preparing for a tough start to the school year as more families than ever struggle with back-to-school costs, due to the fallout of Covid-19.
“They are courageous and they are champions but they're just suffering – socially, mentally, physically, spiritually.”
Children suffering stomach cramps from hunger and boys in their dad’s hand-me-down shoes held together with masking tape.
"They’re different kids, they’re sustained and focused and have more energy. With healthier options, it’s so much better for their learning."
"I would say 90-95% of our families live below that poverty line. The majority of our children haven’t had breakfast. They’re absolutely hungry."
Early childhood centres are reporting an increasing number of children arriving without enough food or warm clothing as families struggle due to Covid-19.
Vulnerable children living in hardship are facing their toughest winter yet. In response, KidsCan is distributing a record 211 tonnes of food this term.
KidsCan has seen a 30% increase in demand for food support, as its partner schools seek to feed 10,000 more children a day.