We support Greggs breakfast club

We've teamed up with Greggs Foundation to set up a breakfast club at Academy 360.

The new breakfast club at the all-through school, Academy 360, provides breakfasts to 50 children each school morning, to give them the best start to their day.

Gentoo, Greggs and breakfast club organisers have begun to deliver the breakfasts free of charge, promoting a way to improve children’s health, nutrition, attendance and concentration.

Ran through a combination of parent volunteering and teacher support, the clubs also help to create a number of volunteering opportunities.

Gentoo support the Academy 360 breakfast club by helping to provide healthy breakfast options. Greggs Foundation will also support the breakfast club throughout by providing fresh bread from one of their local stores.

The Breakfast Club has widespread benefits, helping children fulfil their potential, providing volunteering opportunities for parents and community members and improving teacher and pupil relationships.

Michelle Meldrum, Managing Director (Gentoo Operations), said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with Greggs Foundation and Academy 360 on this project. By helping to provide a healthy breakfast, children are given the best possible start to their day and the best chance to fulfil their potential in school.

“At Gentoo we believe in investing in activity that improves the Art of Living for members of the community. This is a great project to be involved in and we’re really proud to be helping to make a real difference to the children, staff and volunteers involved in the club.”

Support from Gentoo is ensuring that pupils at the Academy in Pennywell have access to a healthy morning meal that can improve concentration and classroom behaviours.

John McGuinnes, Executive Principal, Academy 360, said: “We are extremely grateful for the support of Gentoo and Greggs Foundation. Their support means that we are able to host a breakfast club that will benefit a number of children. The Breakfast club is a really exciting opportunity that will enable us to help children get a better start to their day, resulting in a more engaged and focused learning environment.

“Education research suggests that skipping breakfast and experiencing hunger impairs children’s ability to learn. At Academy 360 we want students to ‘realise their potential’. Providing breakfast to students at school improves their concentration, alertness, comprehension, memory and learning.”

Greggs Foundation, the corporate charity of Greggs plc held their first breakfast club in 1999 in response to growing concerns that children were attending school without having breakfast.

The Greggs foundation oversees 355 clubs, providing a nutritious breakfast to more than 20,000 children each school day.