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Food for thought, with FareShare

Schools receiving surplus provisions from the food redistribution charity have talked about the crucial role food plays in education

Posted by Julian Owen | June 20, 2018 | Catering & hospitality

A 2015 study by Cardiff University of over 6,000 Year 5 and 6 pupils in Wales reported significant positive associations between breakfast consumption and educational outcomes. 

To help make this happen, FareShare redistributes good quality, surplus food to 700 school breakfast, lunch and after school clubs around the country. School staff have said there is no doubt that the food helps to improve school attendance, punctuality, motivation and self-confidence. 

Katy Quilter, Deputy Head at Windmill Primary School in Leeds, said: “Before we had the breakfast club there was a lot of lateness. Lots of children live close to school but were not getting here on time. Parents now realise they can drop them off with us and don‘t have to pay for childcare, so the breakfast club motivates them to come in, in good time. 

“We have found that, thanks to the breakfast cub, the children have better concentration in lessons and are happier and eager to learn. This is especially important in the run up to SATs, as when children come in to school hungry they are agitated, fidgety and upset; if they have eaten something it’s one less stress for them.” 

FareShare Chief Executive, Lindsay Boswell, said; “We all want to give our kids the best start to the day through the food we provide – it’s regular, healthy meals that keep young people well fed and ready to learn. Through FareShare’s network of 700 school clubs, we are doing just that.” 

To support FareShare in providing much needed food to school breakfast clubs in the run up to SATs, Kellogg’s has donated 500,000 free breakfasts as it celebrates the 20th anniversary of its breakfast clubs programme. 

Angela Dodsworth, School Business Manager at Whitecotes Academy, Chesterfield, highlighted the importance of receiving a regular supply of food from FareShare for the school breakfast club: “Without food from FareShare we would never be able to offer what we currently do for the children. We would most likely have to subsidise it from something else, such as the budget for school trips. Based on the numbers of children attending that we have now we could never do a weekly shop to buy in all the food in the volume we need.”

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