As pupils at one of Wellington's wealthiest schools, they never worry about going hungry.
But a class of 8-year-olds at Queen Margaret College are so concerned about child poverty they have penned letters to Labour leader David Shearer and Prime Minister John Key asking for free food in some schools.
The year 4 pupils have spent the last couple of weeks learning about politics and Parliament.
Last weekend, Mr Shearer proposed free food for all children at New Zealand's 650 poorest schools.
Teacher Jane Heather-Sclater said the children "took the idea and ran with it".
"They've been really active in finding information on the news, and reading stuff, and when the issue of free breakfast came up they wanted to know how they could make a difference.
"They are a really special class and have empathy. A lot of the kids' parents are active in government roles and maybe it's a bit more real for them that kids don't have what they have."
Pupil Megan Nalder said: "I think it's a good idea for all those poor people who don't usually get lunch every day."
Her classmate Giuliana Barnett has a chocolate drink or a smoothie before she comes to school.
She sent a letter to the prime minister. "I wrote it because John Key should be giving kids breakfast in school because I can't focus without the most important meal of the day. Some kids would be very happy to have food on their plates."
Angelina Del Favero was shocked that Kiwi kids went to school without breakfast. "I thought it only happens in other countries. I think children should have free breakfasts at school because sometimes they can go hungry and not focus."
Kate Kominik Fraser said: "I wrote that children should have breakfast at school and they should have a garden to plant food, so they could have strawberries and oranges for breakfast."
Mr Shearer said he would take the girls' views on board.
"These letters are well-argued and show some real insights into what works in education.
"It's great to see teachers and schools encouraging children to think about politics and get involved. I'm very glad to see such support for our food in schools programme.”
The Dominion Post forwarded the notes on to Mr Key's office.
A spokesman said: "Our standard practice with correspondence is to do the courtesy of responding directly to the writer, which we will do so in our usual way in this case when the correspondence is received."
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