Millpond Primary School, Bristol

15th May 2018

Julie Vincent, Parent Support Advisor at Millpond Primary School in Bristol tells us why receiving a regular supply of food from FareShare is so important for their school breakfast club.

Why did you decide to set up a breakfast club in your school?

“We wanted to provide opportunities for our families, children and parents to eat breakfast in a safe, secure, stimulating environment, to engage them in making healthier food choices, improve children’s attendance, punctuality, motivation and self-confidence.

“By setting up this club, we could benefit our low-income families by providing a no-cost breakfast each weekday. Our club continues to flourish, has doubled in size since its commencement and is successful in enabling children to arrive early for school each weekday, meet with friends, take part in fun activities and, more importantly, be ready for learning at the start of the school day with the right mind-set.”

“By setting up this club, we could benefit our low-income families by providing a no-cost breakfast each weekday.”

Julie Vincent, Parent Support Advisor

 

Ayaan and Arisha at Millpond Breakfast Club

Do you see any long-term changes in the children through eating breakfast with you?

“Research shows that eating a healthy breakfast each day helps children’s concentration and performance at school throughout the day and can lead to better social interaction between pupils. In running our breakfast club, we have the ability to meet the needs of those children with low attendance and punctuality issues.

“We have noticed that attendance, behaviour and concentration levels have improved as a result of our club and providing healthier foods in the morning. Our school has children/families from many different cultures and backgrounds.  With the support of FareShare, our families know that they have a guaranteed breakfast every day.”

 

“We have noticed that attendance, behaviour and concentration levels have improved as a result of our club and providing healthier foods in the morning.”

Julie Vincent, Parent Support Advisor

Millpond Breakfast Club

Why is access to a good breakfast every morning at the breakfast club important to the pupils in the run up to their SATs?

“Breakfast is widely acknowledged as the most important meal of the day.  Access to a healthy breakfast in the run up to SATs provides a good balance for our pupils and ensures that their needs are being met. It offers the opportunity for the whole SATs cohort to eat breakfast together in a calm, relaxed atmosphere and supports them to feel less stressed.”

“We are able to provide a safe, secure environment before school for these pupils, enabling them to have a healthy breakfast before the start of their SATs day.”

Julie Vincent, Parent Support Advisor

What difference does using food from FareShare make to your organisation?

“Without the support of FareShare, we would undoubtedly be unable to run our breakfast club at no cost. Therefore, lots of our pupils would come to school without having eaten breakfast or would be unable to attend due to the cost involved.

“FareShare provide us with a good variety and balance of food, which means our whole school community are able to eat a different variety of foods every day or even try something new. We are pleased to work in partnership with FareShare and in view of the variety of foods they provide have found that our numbers attending continue to increase and the atmosphere is a happy and calm one.”

 

“Without the support of FareShare, we would undoubtedly be unable to run our breakfast club at no cost. Therefore, lots of our pupils would come to school without having eaten breakfast or would be unable to attend due to the cost involved.”

Julie Vincent, Parent Support Advisor

 


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