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SUPPORTING HEALTHY EATING IN SCHOOLS

March 05, 2019

Labor will restore federal funding for the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program, a successful initiative that teaches kids about food in a fun, hands-on way - setting them up for a healthier life.

“I have been supporting local schools to plant and grow kitchen garden classrooms since 2016,” said federal Member for Dobell, Emma McBride.

“Whole classes of children have learned the joys of gardening and experienced the benefits of picking, preparing and eating the foods they grow,” she said.

“Local school principals, teachers and parents have told me that the food habits of whole households can be changed for the better when just one child becomes involved in a school’s kitchen garden program.”The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program, initiated by the respected food writer and chef, addresses the crisis by helping children form positive food habits.

The last federal Labor government rolled this program out nationally but the Liberals have given it no funding since 2014.

Labor’s new $6 million commitment will restore federal support for all the local schools that have already implemented the program.It will also support additional schools and early learning centres to implement the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden.
 
“I will be working closely with local schools who take an interest in this program to help them secure funding. Labor takes the health of our kids seriously. We want them to grow up healthy and happy.”

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