Healthy School Lunches Programme

We are very excited to let you know that our school will be continuing our free and healthy school lunch programme for 2022. 

All parents want to provide their children with a healthy lunch every day. But, as you will know, there are many reasons parents can struggle, often through no fault of their own. We know that some of you will have been particularly affected by the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Offering lunch for all our children as well as local employment opportunities is the fair and right thing to do. This is why we participate in this programme. Catering for every child means we do not need to identify those who need it more than others. However, lunches are not compulsory, and you can continue to provide your child’s lunch if you wish.

Lunches cater for the diet, health and cultural needs of all students, whilst making sure they are healthy and nutritious. All food meets New Zealand food safety standards. The lunches are available free of charge for all Paeroa College students. 

Three amazing local women run and prepare our school lunches: Sally Dustow (Head Chef) and her team of Kristin Ballantine-Potter and Tayla McPherson-Dormer. Weekly menus are posted on the College social media pages Facebook and Instagram. 

You can find out more about the programme at:  www.education.govt.nz/free-and-healthy-school-lunches

If you have any further questions, please contact Rana Lloyd [email protected], or the Ministry at [email protected]