Ka Ora, Ka Ako | Healthy School Lunches Programme
Suggested message to whānau, parents and families for your school newsletter
We are really excited to join the Ka Ora, Ka Ako | Healthy School Lunches programme and provide lunches for students at Leabank Primary School from Wednesday 3rd February 2021.
Providing a regular nutritious lunch can make a big difference to students’ learning and participation at school and will go some way to helping families and whānau to support their children and tamariki.
Lunches will cater for the diet, health and cultural needs of all students, and we will work closely with your school and the Ministry of Education to make sure they are healthy and nutritious.
Like all suppliers, we are required to meet New Zealand food safety standards and make sure food is handled safely and hygienically.
Ka Ora, Ka Ako is a new programme for us, students, schools and kura. We know that it can be challenging to provide healthy food that children want to eat and that getting children to enjoy new foods can take time. A standard menu is offered across all the schools and kura we provide lunches for.
We have undertaken to provide lunches that meet the basic standards of nutrition set out in the Ka Ora, Ka Ako nutrition guidelines and in the coming weeks will continue to work with your school to gradually introduce new menu items and make lunches even healthier.
BiteLAB is the official supplier in the Manurewa North and South area, for the Ministry of Education ‘Ka Ora, Ka Ako’ programme. Beginning Term 1 2021, our team will supply students with free, yummy and nutritious kai, every school day.
The experienced team will arrive on-site daily and deliver individual meals to schools, which will then distributed to the students. As meals are finished, the team will return to remove all waste from the school.
BiteLAB is a NZ owned and operations business with significant experience in the Education food sector. Our team is hugely excited to be a part of this programme and really looking forward to a partnership that brings the benefits of nutrition to the wellbeing of our tamariki.
You can find out more about Ka Ora, Ka Ako at www.education.govt.nz/free-and-healthy-school-lunches