Boost for breakfast clubs in London from L&Q and the Greggs Foundation
Less privileged primary schools across London are going to be helped to set up free breakfast clubs for the next school year by a partnership between L&Q housing association and the Greggs Foundation.
Targeting 15 schools most likely to benefit from the additional support, the project will be funded by a grant of £50,000 from the L&Q Foundation.
Talks are underway with primary schools in the boroughs of Newham, Enfield, Hackney, Waltham Forest, Greenwich, Lambeth and Southwark. The first breakfast clubs are expected to open their doors in September.
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, says, "Through the Mayor's Fund for London and our other schools programmes, we're already achieving a great deal to ensure more young Londoners have a good start to the day. This new investment in breakfast clubs by L&Q and Greggs means that from September even more youngsters will be set up for a day of learning at school."
Paul Nehra, L&Q’s Community Investment Manager, says, “We want to ensure that all school pupils have an equal platform to achieve and succeed and breakfast clubs are a great way to do that. Fifteen London schools with clear evidence of need will now have the opportunity to provide a free healthy breakfast thanks to the L&Q Foundation and our partner the Greggs Foundation. We look forward to seeing the positive outcomes of the project.”
Jackie Crombie, Greggs Foundation Manager, says, “We are delighted to be partnering with L&Q to extend our reach across London. Research has found that pupils who have eaten breakfast are more punctual and have better concentration in class, as well as more energy and enthusiasm. This has led to improvements in overall academic performance and has made a real difference to children’s learning.”
Breakfast clubs have been strongly supported by Boris Johnson, whose own Mayor’s Fund for London is seeking to open 50 additional clubs in the capital by 2016.
Providing a filling breakfast completely free of charge, breakfast clubs ensure that all pupils have access to a healthy morning meal that can help improve concentration and classroom behaviour. Parents are also able to have a safe place to drop off their children before work without expensive child care costs, enabling single parents especially to more easily access employment.
Breakfast clubs can help build relationships, both between pupils—by providing a time for socialising before the start of the school day—and between the school and those parents benefitting from the extra support.
Greggs will provide the bread for the breakfasts, which organisers will be able to pick up each morning from their nearest shop. The clubs will create opportunities for volunteering as they are expected to be run through a combination of parent volunteering and teacher support. The rest of the food for the breakfast clubs will be bought by the club organisers with funding provided by L&Q.
Greggs have been running breakfast clubs since 1999 and have a wealth of experience making connections with schools and delivering an excellent service. There are more than 280 Greggs breakfast clubs currently operating in the UK, providing 15,000 breakfasts every school day.