Ka ora, ka ako - Healthy School Lunches Programme
We are really excited to join the Ka Ora, Ka Ako | Healthy School Lunches programme. Providing a regular nutritious lunch can make a big difference to students’ learning and participation at school and will go some way to helping families and whānau to support their children and tamariki.
Every day all students will be provided with a healthy school lunch FREE from our supplier Pita Pit and Subway, funded by the NZ government. Our lunches will cater for the diet, health, and cultural needs of all students, and we will work closely with the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health to make sure they are healthy and nutritious. Our suppliers are required to meet New Zealand food safety standards and make sure food is handled safely and hygienically. We will cater for any special dietary/allergen needs as required and these are identified at enrolment.
All students will only require a drink bottle of water, morning tea and a piece of fruit daily.
Ka Ora, Ka Ako is a new programme for us, students, schools and kura. We know that it can be challenging to provide healthy food that children want to eat and that getting children to enjoy new foods can take time. We have undertaken to provide lunches that meet the basic standards of nutrition set out in the Ka Ora, Ka Ako nutrition guidelines and we will continue to work with our suppliers to gradually introduce new menu items and make lunches even healthier.
Our lunches will be produced in our commercial kitchen and delivered to our school at lunchtime each day. Each lunch will be individually served in a compostable or recyclable wrapper or box. Any allergen or special dietary lunches will be clearly marked and distributed by teachers. To remain as sustainable as possible lunches will have no internal packaging whenever possible, in order to reduce packaging waste. All waste and any food waste will be removed from the school and taken to be commercially composted or recycled by our waste management partners and local pig farmers
We are excited to be a part of this programme and are looking forward to providing lunches to your tamariki.