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Investment in healthy eating at tuckshops

TUCKSHOPS across Queensland will be able to establish and enhance existing food programs thanks to a $2 million funding boost announced on Tuckshop Day, Friday 3 November.

The $2 million initiative announced today will support 861 state schools, ones with the highest level of need have been prioritised under the initiative with an increased payment for schools categorised as remote or very remote.

Under the initiative $500,000 has been set aside for grants of up to $20,000 for external food providers, such as registered charities, to provide food services direct to schools.

The extra funding announced today is in addition to the additional $2.7 million announced in the 2023/24 State Budget for the government’s successful school breakfast program.

Minister for Education Grace Grace said healthy eating has such a positive impact on a students performance at school.

“That’s why we’re putting an additional $2 million on the table to further assist state schools who already do a great job providing food support, including breakfast programs,” she said.

“We’re also investing in new and improved tuckshops throughout Queensland.

“On Tuckshop Day, I want to give a big thank you to all the tuckshop workers, volunteers and convenors in Queensland schools for their outstanding work they do to keep our children fed, watered and ready to learn.”

The 2023/24 State Budget also includes $29 million to fund improvements and upgrades to playgrounds and tuckshops at state schools throughout Queensland.

To date, 150 schools have received funding through the Playgrounds and Tuckshops Upgrade program.

Keep up with the latest news in Cairns and the Far North, and check out some of our top stories this week: Supporting Australia’s veterans and Further assistance provided to fire-affected primary producers.

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