UCSA helps to feed future generation of students

The UCSA will help fuel a younger generation of students’ learning as part of its new contract to provide school lunches in Christchurch.

The Association has won a contract with the Government’s Ka Ora, Ka Ako | Healthy School Lunches programme, which provides nutritious lunches every school day to primary and secondary school pupils from participating schools. The programme is being rolled out nationally to address food insecurity among kiwi youth – something intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under the programme, the Association will produce and distribute around 3,000 lunches a day across 10 schools from the Christchurch city district. This will be built as an additional arm to UCSA operation, so rest assured none of our services will be compromised by this new venture.

Ka Ora, Ka Ako is targeted at schools and kura where students are facing the 25% highest level of disadvantage and socio-economic barriers that could affect access to education, achievement and wellbeing. 2020 UCSA President Tori McNoe said they were proud to be a part of the project. “It’s a really unique circular economy that allows various wins and furthers our ability to be independent and non-reliant”

The UCSA will begin delivering school lunches across the district in February 2021.

For further information on Ka Ora Ka Ako | Healthy School Lunches programme

Ka Ora, Ka Ako | healthy school lunches programme – Education in New Zealand

Major expansion of school lunch programme | Beehive.govt.nz

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