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'While it's a good idea, it won't fix the problem': Readers laud hero Te Puke mum making lunches for hungry school kids

Some Kiwis are wondering why New Zealand schools haven't picked up on the idea for parents to make extra lunches for hungry kids at their child's school.

But others are saying that the idea, following a Te Puke mum's story on Seven Sharp last night, won't fix the problem.

Te Puke mother Tracey Wallace-Hutchins makes a school lunch for her son and another for a needy schoolmate each day.

She says she makes one lunch for her son, Christian, and another for a hungry schoolmate "because we are worried there are a lot of families out there who are struggling".

"There are some who don't have enough money to last the whole week," Tracey told Seven Sharp.

She challenged parents in other areas of the country to do the same.

ONE News Marie Purea congratulated Tracey's initiative saying, "what a cool mum".

"I always tell my son to share what he doesn't eat or like in his lunch box but he said they're not allowed to share at school... that's stink," Marie said on Facebook.

Lou Mangin said she had always wondered why most schools didn't put this idea out there earlier.

"Not compulsory but I'm sure out of a school of any reasonable size the few that do would cover the few that can't provide a lunch," she said.

Ree Norriss suggested schools have "koha baskets", for kids to offer food they don't want or can't eat.

"If kids don't want or can't eat all their lunch, they put it in a basket then go out to play," she said.

"The ones who are still hungry, or haven't got lunch, can have something... I taught at Frankton Primary; this in the 1980s worked really well."

Jade Fookes said while the idea was good, it wouldn't fix the problem of children going hungry.

"The parents know they can spend their money on booze or gambling and someone else will always pick up their child.

"And these kids grow up with the same mindset too."

Tracey Wallace-Hutchins responded to Fairhaven School’s hungry kids problem with sensible simplicity. Source: Seven Sharp