School Breakfast Clubs have served more than three million meals, ensuring students who would otherwise go without can start the school day on a full stomach.
Acting Premier James Merlino this morning joined students at Ascot Vale West Primary School to celebrate the milestone.
The school is one of 500 serving up free and healthy Victorian-produced breakfasts.
“When we came to Government we knew that 1 in 7 children started the day on an empty stomach,” The Minister for Education said.
“When a child is hungry they’re simply not going to be able to learn. Since the start of the program, 649 tonnes of food have been delivered to provide breakfast for hungry kids. And we know that it works.”
Research undertaken by the Victoria Institute for Education, Diversity and Lifelong Learning at Victoria University (VU) has revealed that since the program started at the beginning of 2016, nine out of ten teachers have seen improved student concentration in the classroom, while seven out of ten teachers have noted improved attendance and more than eight out of ten teachers said they now had better relationships with their students.
“This is what the Education State is all about. It’s not just about improving literacy and numeracy, it’s looking after the whole of a child. If a child is happy and has a full stomach at the start of a day they’re going to be great learners,” Minister Merlino said.
Foodbank Victoria CEO Dave McNamara said: “This Government is tackling hunger in the classroom head on and the results are improved attendance and academic performance. We look forward to continuing this program for years to come, providing more healthy breakfasts to help more kids start the day right.”
A map of School Breakfast Clubs can be found at: www.foodbankvictoria.org.au/school-breakfast-clubs
Volunteering opportunities can be found at: www.foodbankvictoria.org.au/SBCvolunteers