Tauranga and Bay of Plenty schools to serve KickStart Breakfasts this term

Press releases
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Joint Press Release: Hon Simon Bridges and Todd Muller MP

As the school year begins again, MP’s Simon Bridges and Todd Muller are pleased that 93 schools in the Bay of Plenty region are serving KickStart Breakfasts.

“The schools that offer the KickStart Breakfast programme in our region are ensuring their students have a bowl of Weet-bix and milk before the school day starts. These schools have embraced the initiative wholeheartedly and this helps ensure its success” says MP Simon Bridges.

“The majority of parents in our region do a superb job, but we want to make sure all young Kiwis have the chance to make the most of their schooling.

The KickStart Breakfast programme is a partnership between Government, Sanitarium, Fonterra and the community. In 2013 the Government provided $9.5 million over five years to expand the programme from 2 to 5 mornings per week and to any school that wants or needs it, regardless of decile.

“Since the Government expanded the programme 28 more schools in the Bay of Plenty region have started serving KickStart Breakfasts.

 “Thanks to KickStart students are healthier, better behaved, and more focused, with 99.5 per cent of schools satisfied or very satisfied with the Kickstart Breakfast programme,” says MP Simon Bridges.

“As the former Fonterra Executive involved with the Kickstart breakfast and the expansion to 5 days a week, it’s great to see local kids starting the day with full tummies. Breakfast is so important to prepare kids for a day of learning” said Todd Muller.

“This week the six millionth KickStart Breakfast was served, showing the success of the programme not just here in the Bay of Plenty but nationwide.

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