Many schools or individual teachers themselves provide bread and spreads to those children who have no lunch, which are paid for from schools’ operational budgets or teachers’ own pockets.  The Perceived Food Inadequacy Among Children study found that 38 percent of New Zealand schools sometimes or regularly supplied either free or subsidised food to hungry students.  However, only 15 percent of New Zealand primary schools were in receipt of financial assistance or food donations from their communities in order to do so at this time.[1]

[1] Food Nutrition and Consultancy Services, Final Report to the Public Health Commission on the Perceived Food Inadequacy Among Children in Schools (Dunedin, NZ: University of Otago, 1995), 76.