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 535 clubs, providing a nutritious breakfast to over 35,000 school children each day, over 6.5 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 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.