Editorial: Feed the children

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3rd September, 2012
Amid the disturbing new statistics on the gap between the haves and the have-nots, one simple idea for fostering equality stands out for its sheer common sense: school lunches. The Expert Advisory Group on Child Poverty has given a list of recommendations to the Children’s Commissioner, but the simplest and most cost efficient idea is to extend the existing patchwork of free-lunch services to all low-decile schools. For $3.3 million a year – effectively small-change at the bottom of the public purse – the Food for Kids model, which provides a nutritious daily lunch at 223 schools, could ...

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