Twenty-nine schools which were offered the government’s funded lunch in schools programme turned down the free food, RNZ reveals. The Ministry of Education offered the Ka Ora, Ka Ako programme to 763 schools which were considered to be part of the highest 25 percent of socio-economic disadvantage nationally. While the Ministry does not require an explanation from schools who declined the offer, some principals have shared reasons such as having their own free lunch programme and giving way to schools which are more in need. The Ministry of Education is reviewing the programme.