FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 14, 2015
NO CHILD SHOULD GO TO SCHOOL HUNGRY
CARDIGAN, PE – NDP Leader Mike Redmond announced a program to provide meals at school for all PEI students.
“Under Liberal and Conservative governments, one in four kids in PEI go to school on an empty stomach. Malnutrition impacts these kids’ learning, behaviour, and future prospects,” said Redmond. “It’s time for action. New Democrats will ensure that every child in our public schools has access to two meals per day.”
The NDP program is modeled after a similar program put in place by the Boston public school system. The Boston program currently provides both breakfast and lunch to all public school children, regardless of their income level. The program is now also being implemented in 10 US states and several cities including Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago and parts of New York City.
“I got into politics to make this a better place for our kids – for them to have hope in their future and pride in their Island,” said Mike Redmond. “The longterm economic health of PEI depends on the early investments we make in our kids today. No child should go to school hungry.”
The NDP’s offer would also create close to a hundred good quality jobs for local contractors to produce and distribute the meals from locally-sourced material.