As all South Australian students finally return to school today the South Australian Greens have put forward a fully costed plan for free healthy breakfast and lunches. The program would run at every state primary and secondary school in South Australia.
Quotes attributable to Tammy Franks MLC, Greens SA Parliamentary Leader:
“Kids who don’t have lunch or breakfast can find it much harder to concentrate, socialise and learn, with worse educational outcomes as a result.
“In a wealthy state like South Australia no child should go hungry, but at least 23,350 South Australian kids are living in poverty and according to one study our child poverty rates here in South Australia are increasing at the fastest rate in the country.
The total cost of the program would be $614 million over the first four years and would be funded and coordinated by the State Government. This cost would cover all staff salaries, foodstuffs, equipment and fittings, transportation and food bought externally, ensuring no school is left worse off. Every state primary and secondary school in South Australia would be required to run the program. In schools where the charity Foodbank Australia is operating their free breakfast program, the State Government would work in coordination with the charity to expand and better resource it.
School's Back: No Child Should Go Hungry
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