This week there has been a lot of coverage around the government providing breakfast to kids in low-income schools. One newspaper printed a cartoon suggesting that if kids got given free meals at school, their parents would spend the savings on beer and gambling.
The cost of food, accommodation and electricity in New Zealand are very expensive for some families and tough choices are being made especially during winter.
In a lot of countries it is seen as the government's responsibility to provide lunch for students in schools.
When I worked in Korea I was surprised to see each school has a kitchen that provides lunch. Some families pay for lunch, but if the family can't afford to pay then the government paid the bill. You can see the lunch on the left. There's rice, kimchi, soup, some vegetables and some meat.
I really love when we have shared lunches as it's a great way for students to bond.
What do you think?
Should schools have kitchens to provide hot lunches for kids?
What might be some of the costs?
What would be benefits?