The Metro is reporting that hard-up parents, brothers and sisters are joining pupils at one in five of the breakfast club schemes run by charity Magic Breakfast…
Founder Carmel McConnell said: ‘More and more schools are giving out food to parents and siblings. Families have seen the cost of food rise and rise while wages have stayed the same.
‘You hear some people talk about whether they can eat or heat their homes and of teachers bringing in food for pupils.
‘Schools feeding families may not just help the pupil but also help parents to better understand good nutrition and pass that on to their children.’
The charity’s breakfasts – which include bagels, porridge, orange juice and cereals – are available in schools where more than 40 per cent of pupils are eligible for free meals.
Although it now helps 8,000 children in 242 schools, the charity said about 700,000 more children remained in desperate need. Ms McConnell added: ‘We have been around for ten years. For most of that time we had ten or 20 schools on our waiting list. In the last few years things have got unbelievably worse. It went up to 100 earlier in the year and is now at 190.
‘Hungry children find it very difficult to concentrate and access an education. A lot of them may not have had anything since dinner, or even lunch the day before.’…