The first Greggs funded breakfast club was established in 1999 as part of a Business in the Community ‘Seeing is Believing’ event. The event was in response to growing concerns that children were attending school without having breakfast.
Greggs plc took up the charge and established the first ‘Greggs’ breakfast club. The Greggs Foundation now oversees over 400 clubs, providing a nutritious breakfast to over 24,916 school children each day, over 4.8 million each year!!!
The Greggs Foundation encourages the use of parent volunteers in breakfast club. Research has shown many benefits including improved parent/teacher relationships, increased confidence, self-esteem and social mobility. By using volunteers we also ensure that breakfast clubs offer excellent value for money and breakfast clubs are free of charge to ensure all children can attend.
Everybody knows the benefits of a healthy breakfast, but not every child gets one before the start of the school day.
We regularly hear stories of children who only get one decent meal a day, their school dinner, and children who are too hungry to participate productively in lessons.
At our breakfast club schools we see first hand children enjoying themselves and engaging with school staff and the education system. We also hear first hand from children that they’ve missed meals at home and they only eat at school lunch-times. We see children helping themselves to second, third, even fourth helpings of cereal and it makes us feel extremely proud that we were able to make a difference.