Lorde gives $20k to help feed hungry schoolkids

9:49 am on 30 June 2016

Pop star Lorde has donated $20,000 to a group trying to feed hungry school pupils in the Hutt Valley that was struggling for funding.


Lorde Photo: AFP

RNZ reported last week the organiser of the Fuel the Need scheme was struggling to get support from local businesses and had been seeking help through a Givealittle page.

The page received the $20,000 donation from the songwriter yesterday.

A message on the campaign page reads "love from a former kid who is passionate about all kids having access to food at school".

Fuel the Need organiser Manuel Dalton said he saw the big donation yesterday - but did not recognize the name Ella Yelich-O'Connor.

He told RNZ once he googled the name and came up with Lorde, he became a fan.

"Yeah, I definitely am now. I definitely appreciate New Zealand music, but it's not on my top 10 playlist."

The Givealittle page had a $20,000 goal, which has now been easily reached with the singer's donation.

The Fuel the Need programme needs $30,000 a year funding to feed about 50 children a day who were turning up to school without lunch.

Get the RNZ app

for ad-free news and current affairs