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, ultimatey impacting their academic attaninment.

 

Greggs plc took up the charge and established the first ‘Greggs’ breakfast club. The Greggs Foundation now oversees over 430 clubs, providing a nutritious breakfast to over 26,000 school children each day, over 5 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 form 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

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.