School Breakfast Clubs around Victoria have now served more than 2 million meals to hungry students.
The program, aimed to support children from families in need provides 50,000 free breakfasts every week at 500 of the state’s most disadvantaged schools.
Schools in Flow regions include Warracknabeal Primary School, Colac Primary School and Charlton College among others.
Research by Foodbank Victoria, who delivers School Breakfast Clubs in partnership with the State Labor Government, shows the program is making a real difference for children and staff.
Since the program started last year, 9 out of 10 teachers have seen improved student concentration, 7 out of 10 have noted improved attendance and more than 8 out of 10 teachers say they now have better relationships with their students.
Premier Daniel Andrews commented on the $13.7 million investment saying “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day – it sets our kids up to concentrate, learn and be at their best.
“One in seven children arrive at school on an empty stomach and our School Breakfast Clubs mean these kids now get a nutritious start to the day so they can get the most out of their education.”
Foodbank CEO Dave McNamara said “It is only with the added support of volunteers and local communities that breakfast clubs are able operate regularly and we can ensure every child has a healthy start to their day.”