Up to 70 children at the Marriott Primary School in Leicester will eat a much-needed, nutritional breakfast, including fresh fruit, cereal, yoghurt and toast.
The breakfast club has been opened by the Greggs Foundation, with funding from RBS used to purchase fridge freezers, utensils, cutlery and games for the children to play with before school.
The Foundation, established in 1987 by the bakery’s founder Ian Gregg, has opened 12 breakfast clubs so far in 2013, with 50 more primary schools on the waiting list in the central region alone.
The breakfast clubs are offered throughout the UK and around 230 are now in operation – providing a healthy breakfast to over 11,000 school children each day. All of the breakfast clubs are held in schools where access to healthy food may otherwise be difficult, and where there are high numbers of pupils who qualify for free school meals.
Catherine Stretton, head mistress of Marriott Primary School, said: “Greggs and RBS have given the children here so much, and we’re tremendously excited about being part of the project. As a teacher, I know the difference between a well-nourished and healthy child and one that isn’t. Good food will help with concentration, energy levels and overall health, all the vital ingredients to a bright future. We’re extremely appreciative to Greggs and the funding from RBS.”
The Greggs Foundation donates around £1.5m each year via its four programmes:
- the Major Grants Programme, a series of grants in the North East
- the Breakfast Clubs, providing a nutritious breakfast for local children
- the Regional Grants Programme, which are small grants to help community organisations provide new experiences for the most disadvantaged people
- the Hardship Fund, a set of grants for individuals via recognised social organisations in the North East of England.
Lynne Hindmarsh of the Greggs Foundation said: “We’re passionate about helping those who need it the most, and a good, well rounded breakfast is imperative for the healthy growth of a child. We couldn’t have done this without the involvement of the team at RBS and, with their funding, the children can look forward to a healthy and fun start to their school day.”
Rosalind McArthur, Relationship Director, RBS Corporate & Institutional Banking, said: “The Greggs Foundation Breakfast clubs is a wonderful idea, and one we’re more than happy to support. We’re always looking to help our local communities, especially those who need it the most, and we’re delighted to give the children the tools they need for a healthy start to the day.”