£11.8 million announced for new breakfast clubs
The government is investing up to £11.8 million in additional funding for breakfast clubs in order to support disadvantaged families.
So far around 1,800 school breakfast clubs have been created or improved by the National School Breakfast Programme.
The additional investment will be enough to fund 650 more schools over the next year, with resources specifically targeted at the most disadvantaged areas.
Thousands more disadvantaged children will also be offered activities and free meals during the six week summer holiday in 2020, funded by £9 million from the Department for Education. The department will announce the areas that will benefit from this funding shortly.
Family Action, in partnership with Magic Breakfast, will continue to run the National School Breakfast Programme (NSBP) until March 2021. This one-year extension will kick-start self-sustaining clubs in schools in disadvantaged areas. So far the two charities have recruited over 1,800 schools in disadvantaged areas, and report that over 280,000 breakfasts are served in these schools every day through the programme.
Through these breakfast and holiday programmes, parents will also have access to information so that they can learn how best to provide their children with healthy food, as an additional new strand of our overall provision next year.