A brain power boost for breakfast

19 February 2016

19 February 2016

Food that otherwise would have gone to waste is giving children at a breakfast club in South East London a brainpower boost for the school day.

Children reach for food (satsumas) saved from waste at a breakfast clubPupils at Deptford Park Primary School’s breakfast club reach for satsumas, which have been  saved from waste and redistributed to the club by FareShare London. 

The breakfast club at Deptford Park Primary School serves up a brainpower boost to the 35 children who come along each morning. Helpings of yoghurt, cereal, fruit and juice – which have been saved from waste and delivered to the club by FareShare London – ensure that students go to their classes with full stomachs and focused minds, helping them to do well throughout the day.

Two girls eat food saved from waste at a breakfast clubIsabella and Clarissa enjoy toast and juice at the key stage 2 breakfast club, for ages seven to eleven. 

“Thank you for making sure I’m not hungry, my stomach’s always full because of the food you give” Isabella

With some families struggling on low incomes, children might not always eat breakfast at home. For others, parents’ working hours can make it difficult for them to have breakfast before they leave the house.

Starting the day with a good breakfast is an essential part of getting a good start in life though; recent research shows that children are twice as likely to score higher than average marks in assessments at 11 if they have started the day with a healthy breakfast. Deptford Park Primary’s breakfast club fills the gap to ensure that all their students get the best start in life. The school’s commitment to providing students with nutritious food, for lunch as well as breakfast, has been recognised with a Healthy School’s Award.

A boy eats food (cereal) saved from waste at a breakfast clubJayden digs into cornflakes at the key stage 1 breakfast club, for children aged five to seven. After eating children get busy colouring pictures and playing games. 

“I have more energy to work and play because I get my breakfast at school” Clarissa

As well as tasty toast and flavoursome fruit juice, seeing friends is part of the appeal of the breakfast club for the school’s students. An upshot of this is that punctuality has improved as students arrive early for breakfast and by the time the bell rings at 8.55am they are ready for lessons.

Two girls chat over food (toast) saved from waste at a breakfast clubRofeda and Aimie catch up over breakfast.

Group shot of children at a breakfast club using food saved from waste.
By the time the bell rings children are ready for the school day.