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Serving hot lunches to disadvantaged primary school students twice a week

Aldercourt Primary School, VIC

Aldercourt Primary is located in Frankston North.  We currently educate 186 students with a majority coming from disadvantaged households.  Many of our students are raised in Foster Care, in single parent homes or by extended family members or family friends.  Frankston North has the largest number of police call outs for domestic violence in the state of Victoria.  This, along with other family issues including drug and alcohol abuse, mental health problems and job loss or inconsistent employment, means that it is not unusual for our students to come to school hungry.  We frequently see kids without snacks or lunches in their school bags.  We also find that many of the children who are provided lunch often eat meals that are full of sugar, highly processed and low in nutritional content.  This can make it difficult for our kids to learn, affecting their behaviours and ability to concentrate. Our plan next year is to provide a hot and nutritious lunch for all of our students two afternoons per week during the school day.  As many of our children primarily eat take-away in their home environments, secondary benefits of this program will include teaching healthy eating habits and basic table etiquette such as how to use a knife and fork.

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Aldercourt Primary School

FRANKSTON NORTH, VIC

www.aldercourtps.vic.edu.au

Aldercourt Primary is located in Frankston North.  We currently educate 186 students with a majority coming from disadvantaged households.  Many of our students are raised in Foster Care, in single parent homes or by extended family members or family friends.  Frankston North has the largest number of police call outs for domestic violence in the state of Victoria.  This, along with other family issues including drug and alcohol abuse, mental health problems and job loss or inconsistent employment, means that it is not unusual for our students to come to school hungry.  We frequently see kids without snacks or lunches in their school bags.  We also find that many of the children who are provided lunch often eat meals that are full of sugar, highly processed and low in nutritional content.  This can make it difficult for our kids to learn, affecting their behaviours and ability to concentrate. Our plan next year is to provide a hot and nutritious lunch for all of our students two afternoons per week during the school day.  As many of our children primarily eat take-away in their home environments, secondary benefits of this program will include teaching healthy eating habits and basic table etiquette such as how to use a knife and fork.

Aldercourt Primary School

FRANKSTON NORTH,

www.aldercourtps.vic.edu.au