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500 schools and counting join our National School Breakfast Programme

01 November 2018

Our National School Breakfast Programme, working with schools in disadvantaged communities across the country to improve access to healthy breakfasts and learning recruits its 500th school to the programme.

It’s a big day for breakfast! Today our National School Breakfast Programme recruited its 500th school.
This is a significant milestone for the Department for Education-funded programme, which ensures schoolchildren at risk of hunger in England get a healthy meal before morning lessons.

Young People Enjoy Breakfast Provision in SchoolFamily Action delivers the programme of up to £26 million in partnership with Magic Breakfast, and it’s great to see so many schools signing up to ensure their pupils get the best possible start to the day. This means the programme – which the DfE announced in March – is well on the way toward reaching its target of more than 1,770 operational schools.

Each day a mammoth 15,000 breakfasts are already being served in our 162 operational school breakfast clubs and the number of breakfasts served and children reached will continue to increase as more and more schools join the programme. Each school receives a grant, and expert support from our dedicated team, as well as free, nutritious breakfast food.

“It’s fantastic to see all of the hard work our team has put in making such a tangible difference to hundreds of schools and thousands of children already”

Speaking about reaching the 500 school milestone Family Action’s CEO David Holmes CBE said: “It’s fantastic to see all of the hard work our team has put in making such a tangible difference to hundreds of schools and thousands of children already. We’re looking forward to building upon this early success so that we can ensure that tens of thousands more children are not too hungry to learn. The National School Breakfast Programme has got off to a great start!”

There’s still work to be done, however, so if you know of a school that might benefit from the programme please ensure they complete a short expression of interest form found on our website here or drop our team a line at nsbp@family-action.org.uk.