Brandon kids get free breakfasts

1 February 2019 - Latest news

Dozens of Brandon Primary School children can kickstart the school day on a healthy foot thanks to new funding for their breakfast club.

Children at Brandon Primary School, on the outskirts of Durham, can look forward to two years of nutritious food following support from one of the region’s largest housing associations and a leading north east-based charity.

£3,800 has been awarded by County Durham Housing Group to help cover the costs of food and drink for the youngsters.

Greggs Foundation worked alongside County Durham Housing Group to provide bread for more than 50 pupils at the school every day. It is expected that the healthy and wholesome start to the day will help with schoolwork, and also improve social skills and behaviour in and outside of the classroom.

For nearly 20 years Greggs Foundation has been teaming up with communities and local partners to introduce breakfast clubs to help nourish as many children as possible. As a national programme, the foundation helps to feed over 32,500 pupils every day in over 500 schools.

County Durham Housing Group Community Investment Team Leader, Angela Stobbart, said: “There’s a proven link between children performing well at school and having a nutritious and filling breakfast. This project has been created to make sure that none of the pupils at Brandon Primary need to start their day on an empty stomach.”

Deputy Headteacher, Mrs McGough, said: “Our own evidence supports the research and we know children who enjoy a healthy breakfast with us in school are set up ready for learning for the day.”

Lynne Hindmarch, Greggs Foundation, Breakfast Club Manager said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with County Durham Housing Group and supporting breakfast clubs within Greggs local communities and seeing first-hand the impact having a great start to the school day makes.”

Brandon has been identified by County Durham Housing Group as a priority area, which means that extra support and funding is being provided to assist residents with training, education and employability.

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