We are now starting to see timely and much need funds arising from the Governments soft drinks industry levy which means that new funding is now available for School Breakfast Clubs.
In Torbay we are very aware of the issue of holiday hunger; families unable to provide meals and often reliant on school meal provision. We are also aware of the fact that many pupils are missing out on a nutritious breakfast and the impact that can have on wellbeing, attainment and the ability to focus.
The funding available aims in part to address this issue through the extending breakfast provision.
The UK Government has announced a boost to breakfast provision in schools that will be funded through the soft drinks industry levy. Targeting the most disadvantaged areas of the country - including the Department for Education’s 12 Opportunity Areas - the funding will benefit over 1,770 schools to help make sure every child gets the best start in life. A share of £72 million will help create opportunities and raise education standards in parts of the country where children and young people face greater challenges.
The new National School Breakfast Programme in England is being delivered by Family Action and Magic Breakfast. This scheme has its own criteria for eligibility with schools required to fill in an 'Expression of Interest' Form to find out if they are eligible for support- this is related to if your school is in a disadvantaged area of England.
Magic Breakfast currently supports schools across England with over 35% Free School Meal eligibility, or 50% Ever 6 FSM, working with them to reach the children most in need of a healthy start to the school day.
Email your completed expression of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.