Educational resources supplier Findel, has provided grants to set up and run seven breakfast clubs in primary schools throughout the UK through The Greggs Foundation Breakfast Club Programme.
The clubs will support more than 600 pupils located in primary schools in Manchester; Nottingham; London; Belfast; Welshpool, Wales; and Aberdeen and Kilwinning in Scotland.
Each club will support children to receive a healthy and nutritious breakfast before school, helping pupils to focus and concentrate on their learning for an all-round brighter start to the school day.
Alongside fresh bread donated from their nearest Greggs, the children are provided a range of healthy cereals, fruit and smoothies to kick start their day of learning. The club also supports parents and carers to benefit from an earlier start to the school day to help meet work requirements.
Findel is covering the startup and ongoing costs for the breakfast club via its Findel Foundation. The average Breakfast Club costs £3,000 to set up and run for a year based on supporting 65 children with a daily breakfast.
The company is committed to supporting the breakfast clubs in The Greggs Breakfast Club Programme for the next two years, with an ambition to expand this even further in future years.
Established in 1999, The Greggs Foundation Breakfast Club Programme aims to help primary school children who might otherwise not have access to a breakfast get a nutritious start to their school day. It is a principle programme of The Greggs Foundation, a grant-making charity which aims to build stronger, healthier communities in the areas where the bakery chain operates.
Lynne Hindmarch, partnerships manager at The Greggs Foundation, commented: “A huge part of the success of the Breakfast Club Programme is the wonderful support and engagement we receive from external partners.
“As well as funding nearly half of our 840 Breakfast Clubs, they create new opportunities for pupils and really look for ways to add value to the schools in our network.
“Findel has been one such partner. We can’t thank Findel enough for all of the support they have given to The Greggs Foundation and the schools they support – it is a lifeline to so many children and families.”
Launched last November, the Findel Foundation is a long-term initiative from Findel to provide ongoing support to a range of children’s education, wellbeing and environment causes throughout the UK.
One of its goals was to expand its support of The Greggs Foundation to accommodate over 500 children per year.
Head of Findel Foundation, Claire Gleave and HR Breakfast Club lead at Findel, Danielle Cloake, said: “With many families and children facing significant challenges, especially during the current cost of living crisis, initiatives like the Greggs Breakfast Club Programme are essential.
“At Findel, we know we are more than a supplier, but a partner to the education sector. This is why we are committed to playing our part to ensure children and young people get the best possible education experience.
“We’re proud of the support we’ve been able to provide the Programme and schools through the Findel Foundation and play our part to help hundreds of children as we look to expand our partnership further.”
Findel’s origins as an educational resources supplier can be traced back to 1817. Today, its brands and websites offer more than 32,000 products to educators and parents based in the UK and overseas with the business exporting to 130 countries.
For more information on Findel visit www.findel.co.uk