News School kids in Victoria receive three million breakfasts

School kids in Victoria receive three million breakfasts

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School Breakfast Clubs have served more than three million meals to children from families in need, ensuring they start their school day on a full stomach since the program was put in place by the Andrews Labor Government.

Acting Premier James Merlino this morning joined students at Ascot Vale West Primary School, one of the 500 schools that serve up free and healthy Victorian-produced breakfasts.

“Students with a full stomach do better at school – it’s that simple. That’s why School Breakfast Clubs are so important,” Merlino said.

School Breakfast Clubs have been providing 50,000 free meals each week at 500 of Victoria’s most disadvantaged schools since 2016.

“We know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially for setting up students to concentrate, learn and be at their best while at school,” Member for Essendon Danny Pearson said.

According to research shown since the program started, nine out of ten teachers have seen improved student concentration in the classroom, while seven out of ten teachers have noted improved attendance and more than eight out of ten teachers said they now had better relationships with their students.

According to the Andrews Labor Government, the delivery of the $13.7 million breakfast club commitment is another example of how it is tackling disadvantage and making things fair so that all children can reach their potential, regardless of their background or circumstances.

“We look forward to continuing to support this program, providing more healthy breakfasts to help more kids start the day right,” Foodbank Victoria CEO Dave McNamara said.

The Labor Government said that it is building the Education State and ensuring that every child has access to a first-rate education.

A full list of School Breakfast Clubs can be found at www.education.vic.gov.au/breakfastclubs

Volunteering opportunities can be found at www.foodbankvictoria.org.au/SBCvolunteers

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