Te Aupouri Maori Trust Board in the Far North is looking at alternative ways to help children who go to school hungry.
In January, the Ministry of Social Development told the board it had to stop using some of the money it's received from a ministry contract, to buy lunches for about 20 children at six schools near Kaitaia.
Board chairperson Raymond Subritzky says the trust board had a very positive meeting on Thursday with ministry staff to discuss the issue.
He says in some cases it could be the family situation at home which determines whether a child goes to school without lunch, that needs to be addressed.
Mr Subritzky says the board will hold a workshop on Tuesday with members of various government agencies, to come up with other ways of helping the families of hungry children.