About the Scheme

We started the breakfast club programme in 1999 because we knew there were children all over the country attending school every day without having breakfast.  Hungry children find it harder to concentrate and learn, ultimately impacting their academic attainment.

 

Greggs plc took up the charge and established the first ‘Greggs’ breakfast club. The Greggs Foundation now oversees 600 clubs, providing a nutritious breakfast to over 39,455 school children each day, over 7.6 million each year!!!

The Greggs Foundation encourages the use of parent volunteers in breakfast club. Research has shown the clubs create opportunities to volunteer, helping inactive adults become work ready. Breakfast Clubs also help to build relationships, both between pupils who enjoy socialising over a meal, and between the school and the parents benefiting from the extra support.

Everybody knows the benefits of a healthy breakfast, but not every child gets one before the start of the school day.

 

We regularly hear stories of children who only get one decent meal a day, their school dinner, and children who are too hungry to participate productively in lessons.

At our breakfast club schools we see first hand children enjoying themselves and engaging with school staff and the education system. We also hear first hand from children that they’ve missed meals at home and they only eat at school lunch-times. We see children helping themselves to second, third, even fourth helpings of cereal and it makes us feel extremely proud that we were able to make a difference.

Evaluations of breakfast club schemes have uncovered the following key benefits of breakfast clubs:

 

  • Children have improved health and nutrition.
  • Children have improved attendance and punctuality.
  • Children are able to socialise and make friends.
  • Children have better relations with school staff.
  • Parents are less wary of school and are more likely to attend parents evenings.
  • Children are able to concentrate better and results are improved.

 

Read about Durham University's research about the Greggs Breakfast Club School Level Report here:

Durham Uni - Breakfast Club Report

 

Success as schools serve up breakfast on the go… Toast is King!

 

The benefits of eating a healthy meal at school are scientifically proven. The impacts of breakfast programmes generate positive changes in school communities and our society. During Covid this has never been needed more.

An innovative project we have been instrumental in offering pupils in Scotland the chance to pick up a free breakfast from a mobile cart before class is to be extended to other UK schools following a successful pilot.

The ‘grab-n-go’ scheme is based on a similar model used in the US and Canada and will give pupils easy access to nutritious food before class.

Find our more

Most of our breakfast club schools are in disadvantaged areas and have high numbers of pupils who qualify for free school meals. To find out more about how to apply 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 fifteen 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.

Holiday Community Programme

Background

In 2016 we set up a pilot project through our breakfast club schools to support their families during school holidays.  As a Foundation it was important to us that the pilot project was not just about providing access to a meal, but about driving engagement within our communities, safeguarding children, providing volunteering opportunities and social activities. 

This was proven by the children having access to a range of activities from arts & crafts, drama, cooking lessons, team sports, games, food and cultural education, eating out and day trips, but equally important they were able to enjoy a nutritious breakfast and lunch.

Some of the common outcomes across all of the projects were not related to food but more to do with social and community engagement, parent involvement and increased confidence for all participants.  The availability of food was just the vehicle driving these additional outcomes.

These grants can make a huge difference to children and families that attend.  We are aware that our Breakfast Club schools are based in communities where many families continue to experience financial hardship and programmes like this can reduce the pressure of food insecurity whilst children also have great fun.

This programme will see the amalgamation of the following grant offer:

  • Food parcels/Hampers
  • Additional activities for children

Hardships Grants

Background

Since 1993 we have provided hardship grants - to people in financial hardship.  Initially this programme was confined to the North East of England.

Experience through our existing Hardship grant and feedback through our Breakfast club schools saw the introduction of our national school uniform pilot programme in 2018.  This programme has continued to grow year on year.  In addition to this a new working partnership with AO was formed in 2019 to help alleviate some pressures felt by those families in extreme hardship when needing to purchase or replace white goods - a fridge/freezer, cooker, washing machine and tumble dryer.  2020 saw an extension to the programme with a rise in requests for beds and bedding over concerns relating to children's sleeping arrangements and a second partnership was formed with Dreams.

These grants can make a huge difference to family life.  We know that our Breakfast Club schools are based in communities where many families are experiencing financial hardship and the coronavirus outbreak is now having a disproportionate effect on those communities.  These families often worry about being able to fund the most basic of necessities.

A £1 million grant from the Department of Digital, Media and Sport, through its Community Match Challenge fund and a £100,000 grant from Barclays 100/100 fund enabled this programme to be extended further in 2020 and 2021 and to help meet the increasing demand.