Children from families in need will get a brighter and healthier start to the day, with 255 more schools starting School Breakfast Clubs across the state.
Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Altona District Jill Hennessy announced the new schools starting School Breakfast Clubs in term three, which started this week.
One in seven children arrives at school with an empty stomach. Without breakfast, growing kids struggle to pay attention throughout the day, affecting their ability to learn and do their best.
The Andrews Labor Government’s School Breakfast Clubs program will provide a free breakfast to up to 25,000 kids in 500 of Victoria’s most disadvantaged government primary schools.
The Labor Government is tackling disadvantage and making sure every student, regardless of their circumstances, has the opportunity to reach their potential.
Breakfast clubs help improve student learning and attendance while also building connections between families, schools and their local communities.
The Government has partnered with Foodbank – the largest welfare food agency in Australia – to establish and lead the state-wide program, using their existing warehousing, storage and freight network.
The $13.7 million program is another example of the Labor Government building the Education State to ensure every child, regardless of their postcode, has access to a first-rate education.
For a full list of Clubs, visit: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/Pages/breakfastclubs.aspx
Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino
“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day – it sets our children up to concentrate, learn and be at their best but unfortunately not all kids are able to start the day with breakfast at home.”
“I’ve seen first-hand the positive impact School Breakfast Clubs can have on kids. I look forward to another 255 clubs opening in term 3, which will see the program fully up and running across 500 Victorian schools.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Altona District Jill Hennessy
“As a parent, I know how important it is for little minds with giant imaginations to start the day with a healthy breakfast.”
“Altona Meadows Primary School, Laverton P-12 College, Altona Green Primary School and Altona P-9 College in Altona District will start School Breakfast Clubs in term three, so all of their students will start the day on a full stomach.”