We have conducted focus groups and interviews with students, teachers and school management to evaluate benefits of the programme to date. Here is some of the feedback:
Children had hope. Not only did they have a full tummy, but they felt that someone cared about them enough to bring them a yummy hot lunch.
Going forward, The Institute of Food Nutrition and Human Health at Massey University will be working with us to measure programme outcomes and provide nutritional analysis of our meals
"We support the charity 'Feed the Need' which has as its main goal to provide lunches for four schools in our area, our school being one of them.
I believe emphatically that children in low decile schools be provided with food to ensure that they can concentrate and perform at the level that their higher decile counterparts can. As I have stated to many people who don’t understand children being hungry, until you go one day without food, you can not understand what it is like for a child to try and learn to their full potential.
I support 'Feed the Need' as it does not discriminate between any children at the school, in fact feeds every child who wishes to have a meal/food on that particular day.
We will appreciate any support that Kerry and her charity 'Feed the Need' receive."
Palfrey, Principal Manurewa East School,
Member of New Zealand Principal Federation Executive