Food charity praises free breakfasts

Coun Simon Blackburn with pupil Triniti Lyttle.
Coun Simon Blackburn with pupil Triniti Lyttle.
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A leading food charity has praised the commitment of Blackpool Council to continuing its free breakfast scheme for schoolchildren.

Magic Breakfast has said it wholeheartedly backs the scheme to give the resort’s primary school children daily breakfast for free.

Researchers from Northumbria University studied the impact of a three-month pilot earlier this year.

And following the research report’s recommendations, continuing the scheme, at a cost of £1.3m, looks set to be rubberstamped by town hall bosses on June 17.

Carmel McConnell, from the charity, said: “A healthy breakfast brings improvements in attainment and attendance that can be life changing.

“Following the release of the research, the case for all children to have a free nutritious breakfast at high ‘free school meal’ schools throughout England is stronger now than ever.

“Council leader Simon Blackburn and his team deserve congratulations – they’ve shown great moral leadership on behalf of hungry children who need our help most.”

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