The first Greggs funded breakfast club was established in 1999 as part of a Business in the Community ‘Seeing is Believing’ event. The event was in response to growing concerns that children were attending school without having breakfast. Greggs plc took up the charge and established the first ‘Greggs’ breakfast club. Robbie, pictured above, is getting his breakfast at Fell Dyke Primary School, the 100th school to be sponsored by Greggs. The Greggs Foundation now oversees almost 200 clubs, providing a healthy breakfast to over 10,000 school children each day, almost 2million each year!!!
All of our breakfast club schools in disadvantaged areas and have high numbers of pupils who qualify for free school meals. To find out more about how to qualify for a breakfast club, please see our 'how to apply' section.
The Greggs Foundation receives funding from a range of partners, often private sector companies including our major partner, Greggs plc. Greggs Foundation uses the money to support breakfast clubs through an initial start up grant for equipment such as chest freezers to store food items or toys and activities for the club. Greggs Foundation also makes a payment each term towards other food items and Greggs plc donates bread from the nearest shop.
This approach tends to be very well received by our breakfast club schools, many of whom have worked in partnership with Greggs for over ten years. Schools tell us that they like the flexibility of the model, allowing them to tailor their club to suit the needs of the children that attend.
The Greggs Foundation encourages the use of parent volunteers in breakfast club. Research has shown many benefits including improved parent/teacher relationships, increased confidence, self-esteem and social mobility. By using volunteers we also ensure that breakfast clubs offer excellent value for money and breakfast clubs are free of charge to ensure all children can attend.