The Greggs breakfast club scheme has been running since 1999 and is designed to provide a simple, nutritious breakfast to children in primary schools, typically with over 40% free school meals.
The Greggs breakfast club programme supports young people of primary school age who live in disadvantaged areas of the UK in areas where Greggs have outlets. The Greggs Foundation currently supports over 589 breakfast clubs throughout England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, providing a nutritious start to the day for over 39,000 school children.
Research into and practical experience of the effects of breakfast clubs has shown the following positive benefits:
- Improved attendance and punctuality
- improved behaviour
- Children complete more tasks and behave better
- Concentration and achievement at schools
- Longer-term benefits for memory and cognition
- Strengthening of school/parents relationship
- Opportunity for children to meet and communicate with others in a social setting
- Help for parents to take on training or work
When the Greggs Foundation takes on a breakfast club we give a commitment to that school of two years. In that period the Greggs Foundation provides funding for nutritious food and equipment to get the club started.
The start-up money can even be used for games and sports equipment to help children play together at Breakfast Club. Additionally Greggs provides bread from a Greggs store convenient to the school.