Low and middle decile schools are digging into their teaching budgets – in some cases relying on donations from from principals and teachers – to feed children who turn up hungry. “Full tummies another task for teachers?” Kirsty Johnston, NZ Herald, 4 July 2015

A survey of lower decile school principals has indicated how many kids don’t have breakfast or lunch, with those in some areas reporting up to 80 percent of students arriving without food each week. “Full tummies another task for teachers?” Kirsty Johnston, NZ Herald, 4 July 2015

Most of the 270 schools who responded to the New Zealand Principals’ Federation questionnaire said they fed some of their students, with more than half feeding at least 20 per cent each week. “Full tummies another task for teachers?” Kirsty Johnston, NZ Herald, 4 July 2015

Principals reported using up to $5000 of their operations grants on feeding children each term and many also paid teacher aides to coordinate available programmes or help at breakfast and lunchtime. “Full tummies another task for teachers?” Kirsty Johnston, NZ Herald, 4 July 2015