Food Matters evaluated the impact and suitability of Breakfast Clubs, which provide breakfast and social time for children before starting the school day.

More than four million children in the UK are growing up in poverty and they may not have access to nutritious food. For children to be able to concentrate and learn in school, they need to have good food in their bellies.

Some young people struggle to achieve academic targets and fall behind in school if they are not properly resourced with a nourishing diet. Breakfast clubs in schools allow children to have a healthy breakfast before starting the school day.

Food Matters was commissioned by the Mayor’s Fund for London (MFL) to evaluate the impact and suitability of breakfast clubs, in addressing health and wellbeing, skills and employment for London’s poorest children.

We spoke to schools, breakfast club providers and the children, to find out if the clubs were serving their purpose. We ran participatory workshops where children were invited to share how they felt about breakfast clubs using visual and interactive methods.

Breakfast clubs do so much more than put food in the bellies of those who need it.  They offer a smooth transition into the school day, they help students with their punctuality, with their learning and they build informal relationships between the school staff and families.

Children became more aware of what a healthy breakfast consists of when attending breakfast clubs and the social environment helped build their confidence and school relationships.

Breakfast Club Review | Consultation, Evaluation & Facilitation

“If we can help children develop a love of reading as well as giving them a healthy breakfast, we can hopefully give them an even better start in life”

~ Carmel McConnell, Magic Breakfast

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Mike Morris, Chair, Alexandra Rose Charity

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