The Food For Life Centre, run by the Hare Krishna movement in Auckland, provides free meals for the city’s poor and hard up. Spokesman Buddhi Wilcox said the aim of the free lunches once a week was to show healthy food could be provided en masse cheaply.
Providing free healthy hot lunches in low-decile schools is how a cafe aims to beat child hunger.
Hare Krishna Food For Life has launched a programme at Manaia View School with a free lunch for all 230 students, plus teachers and guests.
Co-ordinator Buddhi Wilcox says the first step is providing a free, nutritious vegetarian meal for everyone at the school one day a week. But with more funding the scheme could easily expand to more low-decile schools.
“There are 1700 children a day turning up to school without breakfast or lunch just in Whangarei – the potential is huge.”
Hare Krishna Food For Life already provides lunches for a donation at its Water St cafe three days a week.