The report goes on to say that based on the Woolworths Earn and Learn catalogue - which has a range of educational resources and equipment up for grabs - customers must spend thousands to receive a range of sport equipment, games, books and puzzles.
For example, customers must spend $2400 to get a set of four hula hoops which can retail for as little as $2 and,$3990 for an AFL Sherrin football which costs around $30 in stores. In addition, you must spend $14,990 for wireless headphones - which retail for $70.95 - and $79,990 for a LEGO stem construction and vehicles kit, which is $585.50 in shops.
But Woolworths has hit back at the claims, telling New Idea Food that they've supplied ‘more than $50 million dollars worth of educational resources to schools and Early Learning Centres around the country.’
They add: ‘Our Earn & Learn program is one of our biggest community initiatives and it’s always fantastic to see everyone come together to collect stickers to help provide much needed equipment for future generations.
‘The last time we ran this program, schools received 300,000 pieces of new equipment to help them further their learning journey.
‘This year, Woolworths is introducing a ‘Remote Schools Program’ initiative which gives Aussie schools, who are more than 100km from a Woolworths store, the ability to be involved in Earn & Learn.
‘The Earn & Learn program is designed to help all schools across the country. The Remote Schools Program ensures that schools that may not be near a Woolworths store, are not left disadvantaged.
‘We strongly encourage remote schools to opt-in to the program and encourage our customers, who may not be collecting for their kids or their local school, to donate their stickers into the yellow Remote Aussie schools box in-store. This will ensure schools in remote areas can also benefit from the program.’