A new breakfast club has been launched at a school in Moorends with the backing of two major brands.
Marshland primary school in Moorends officially opened its new breakfast club last Friday (23 Feb) with the help of global food company, General Mills, and the Greggs Foundation.
The breakfast club at Marshland will provide a hearty breakfast for 60 of its pupils every morning, completely free of charge.
The launch was attended by Thorne Moorends Town Mayor, Susan Durant, along with representatives from General Mills UK and The Greggs Foundation to see the initiative in action and speak to some of the pupils who benefit from it.
General Mills has donated funds to launch the club, while The Greggs Foundation will supply fresh bread from a local Greggs store. The school will use donations to purchase a variety of breakfast products that will give children the best start to their day. The Greggs Foundation itself was established in 1999 and today runs more than 450 breakfast clubs in the UK, serving 29,500 school breakfasts every day.
Sarah Hall, executive headteacher at Marshlands Primary, commented: “The breakfast club was originally set up to improve attendance and although the provision didn’t have an impact straight away, we did find that children’s behaviour improved significantly. Children were able to meet up with their friends, have a healthy breakfast and were then ready to start learning.
“Securing this funding through Greggs Foundation has meant that the breakfast club can start earlier in the day and children are welcomed from 8am. This will now mean that if parents want to return to work, they have childcare in the morning. There are also opportunities to volunteer at school and receive funding training for certain qualifications.
“This is a fabulous opportunity for the children and families at Marshland and we are very grateful to the funding through Greggs Foundation and General Mills”.
Ben Pearman, managing director of General Mills Northern Europe, added: “We’re proud to be launching this new breakfast club at Marshland Primary School. We take our responsibility as a multinational and forward-thinking organisation very seriously – it’s fantastic to be able to help such a just cause and give back to the regional communities in the UK, just as a local company would”.
General Mills’ funding will enable the school to purchase enough products to feed pupils at the school every day for the next 2 years.