PUPILS at a Sunderland school are having breakfast on their local housing association to ensure they get a nutritious start to their day.
Gentoo Group, which is based in the city, has teamed up with Greggs Foundation to provide a breakfast club for pupils at the Beacon of Light School.
Up to 60 children each day receive a free breakfast to help them begin the school day with a full stomach and all the nutrients they need for learning.
Funding from Gentoo covers the costs of cereals, juice, fruit, yoghurts and spreads, while Greggs provides fresh bread to the school every morning free of charge.
“We know that hungry children are at a disadvantage at school as they can find it difficult to concentrate and take part in school activities,” said Michelle Meldrum, the housing group’s executive director of operations. Providing a breakfast club like this means every child at Beacon of Light School has the chance to have a nutritious breakfast and to get the most out of their education.”
Lynne Hindmarch, Greggs Foundation’s breakfast club manager, said: “Breakfast is something that many of us take for granted but the reality is that too many families simply don’t have the means to provide a healthy breakfast for their children. We’re proud to be helping Beacon of Light School breakfast club provide pupils with a nutritious start to their day in a fun and relaxed environment with their friends.”
Main Image: Students from Beacon of Light School join school business manager Jackie Smith (left) and Michelle Meldrum (right), Gentoo Group’s executive director of operations, for breakfast