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Sunday, August 21, 2005

Hungry kids need feeding

This was the front page headline in the 17 August edition of the Auckland City Harbour News. The story centred on how foodbanks are now used more than ever and how kids are turning up to school without breakfast and with no lunch. The story says (not me)
These figures are despite the country's economic prosperity in the past few years
The report that led to the story, commissioned by the Child Poverty Action Group states
more than 100,000 Kiwi households run out of food each week
The reason for these figures was put down to lack of income amongst beneficiaries and low paid workers.

I feel saddened at this news, particularly with a 5 yr old daughter. In my view there is no reason for it apart from laziness and lack of thought amongst parents. Fruit and vegetables are dirt cheap now thanks to local fruit and vege shops. Bread can be bought for $1 per loaf and two minute noodles (as an example) are 48c each in supermarkets. With a packet of frozen peas and some fresh vegetables thrown in you can feed your family on these! If you want to of course. The Mad Butcher offers very cheap meats compared with supermarkets.

You can't tell me you can't feed your kids with all of these options, and more.

Thank god for Welfare for Families. With that, workers will not be able to work additional hours and earn extra income as it becomes less attractive financially because of very high effective marginal tax rates that the welfare package introduces. The second earners, who are predominantly women, will also be unable to work for fear of income loss resulting from the above, exacerbating economic gender gaps and hence poverty. Lack of income causes poverty. I agree with that. Welfare for families causes lack of income, hence expect more kids to starve.

Posted by Gooner | 8/21/2005 08:36:00 PM


Blogger Murray said...

You ever actually been in the position of needing to go to a foodbank?

8/21/2005 09:57:00 PM  
Blogger Gooner said...

No, thank goodness. They are wonderful people who provide them. Why do you ask?

8/21/2005 10:02:00 PM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Well i've been in the position, but instead did as gooner suggested and bought crappy ultra-cheap food and basically went hungry until things looked up again.

8/21/2005 10:33:00 PM  
Blogger reid said...

Gooner how can you possibli hold to account parents (I'm sure you meant to say caregivers) for not choosing wholesome food:

"laziness and lack of thought amongst parents."

Talk about hate speech. Proper budgeting and nutritional programs do not count in our paradise.

When will you ever learn...


8/21/2005 11:31:00 PM  
Blogger Murray said...

Because I know what it takes and it sure as shit isn't because I was lazy or spent all my money at the TAB.

See above.

You're talking out of ignorance.

8/22/2005 06:48:00 AM  
Blogger Gooner said...

Murray, I take you as saying at one stage in your life you had no money. I'd love to know how you got out of that predicament.

8/22/2005 08:42:00 AM  

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