26 September 2016
Almost one third of Kiwi children live in poverty and thousands go to school without lunch every day. New Zealand Kettle Korn is proud to be doing something to help with the launch of their official Eat My Lunch supporter’s bag and a pledge that for every special bag of Kettle Korn someone Buys, they’ll Give another to a Kiwi kid in need.
For New Zealand Kettle Korn - a small company with a big heart - it was a no-brainer to get involved with Eat My Lunch, which is based on the same simple principle. For every lunch someone Buys, Eat My Lunch, which is co-run by award winning chef Michael Meredith, Gives another to a hungry, local child in a low decile school.
With the release of the supporter’s bag initiative in all major supermarkets this month, NZ Kettle Korn has set an ambitious goal to donate 100,000 extra bags to the Eat My Lunch programme. In just over one year, Eat My Lunch has Given more than 180,000 lunches to children in 34 schools and counting.
As an official partner, NZ Kettle Korn has also committed to donating $20,000 a year, which provides 4,000 extra lunches. This recently allowed Eat My Lunch to take another school, Royal Road Primary, off the waiting list and add them to the programme. Additionally NZ Kettle Korn provides thousands of bags of extra product every month so all children in the lunch programme regularly receive it at school.
Eat My Lunch co-founders Michael Meredith and Lisa King say, “The kids love having popcorn in their lunches – it’s one of their favourite snacks! Some have never had Kettle Korn before so it’s been a real treat”.
For NZ Kettle Korn director, Michael Howe, it’s a cause that hits close to home as he distinctly remembers relying on community and school food programmes when he was growing up and always vowed as soon as his company was in a position to give back, he would.
“We wanted to do something that made a real, tangible difference to a child’s lunch and life and I think we’ve achieved this with our supporters’ bag and hopeful long-term partnership.”
Michael and Lisa agree, adding, “It has been amazing to have the support of a Kiwi company with the same values, vision and desire to help alleviate a nationwide issue. We love the new bag as it is the result of a great partnership. It is also the first product that will feature EML in retail stores, so we are very excited”.
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Stockists: New Zealand Kettle Korn’s supporter’s bag will be available at New World, Countdown and PAKn’SAVE supermarkets and selected specialty food stores nationwide from September 19.