Local MP Mary Creagh visited the breakfast club at Wakefield Pinders Primary School. Mary met with the Head Teacher and School Business Manager and enjoyed a nutritious breakfast with pupils attending the club. She has signed a letter urging ministers to ensure funding for the National School Breakfast Programme continues.
Wakefield Pinders Primary School’s breakfast club provides a free and healthy breakfast to approximately 30 pupils each day, as part of the National School Breakfast Programme (NSBP). The NSBP is funded by the Department for Education and delivered by the charities Magic Breakfast and Family Action. It provides free breakfasts to students in 12 schools in Wakefield.
The NSBP reaches over 1,775 schools in disadvantaged areas across England and provides free, nutritious breakfasts to an estimated 280,000 children every school day.
On Friday 5 July Mary met with Wakefield Pinders Primary School’s Headteacher Lorna Kemplay and School Business Manager Louise Bowen and the Chief Executive of Magic Breakfast, Carmel McConnell. She learnt about the school’s breakfast club, and enjoyed a nutritious breakfast with the students. She was accompanied by local ward Councillors Stuart Heptinstall, Olivia Rowley and Ros Lund, as well as school governor Armaan Khan.
Hunger is a growing problem in Wakefield, with the Trussell Trust reporting that 4,261 three-day emergency food supplies were given to people in crisis in the Wakefield district between April 2018 and March 2019, with 1,427 of these going to children.
Funding for the NSBP ends in March 2020. Mary has written to the Minister for Children and Families, Nadhim Zahawi, highlighting the positive impact of the NSBP and calling for continued funding to maintain the programme.
“I was delighted to see the school’s breakfast club in action. Teachers told me they could see a real difference in the children since the programme has started.
“The sad fact is that many children start the school day hungry and distracted. That is why free breakfast is so important.
“Ministers should guarantee the future of the NSBP and help schools plan for the long term. That would allow them to provide free school breakfasts to more children, preventing hundreds of thousands of children from suffering from morning hunger and falling behind in lessons.”
Lorna Kemplay said,
“We were delighted to welcome Wakefield MP Mary Creagh, Founder of Magic Breakfast Carmel McConnell MBE and Operational Manager of the National School Breakfast Programme Rosalie Mead to Wakefield Pinders Primary School. It was lovely to share a ‘magic breakfast’ all together. Our children have benefited greatly from funding received as part of the National School Breakfast Programme and we very much hope this can continue”.