Greggs to provide free breakfasts at Sunderland school

John McGuinness, executive principal of Academy 360 and Michelle Meldrum, managing director of Gentoo Operations, Gentoo Group, serve breakfast to Academy 360 pupils.
John McGuinness, executive principal of Academy 360 and Michelle Meldrum, managing director of Gentoo Operations, Gentoo Group, serve breakfast to Academy 360 pupils.
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Businesses are stepping up to the plate to give youngsters a better start to their school day.

Social enterprise Gentoo Group has teamed up with Greggs Foundation to set up a breakfast club at Academy 360 in Pennywell.

At Academy 360 we want students to realise their potential.

Michelle Meldrum, Gentoo Operations

The new club provides for 50 children each school morning, with the sessions run by parents and teachers.

Gentoo, Greggs and breakfast club organisers have begun to deliver the breakfasts free of charge, helping to improve children’s health, nutrition, attendance and concentration.

Gentoo supports the club by helping to provide healthy options, while the Greggs Foundation provides fresh bread.

The team behind it say the sessions have widespread benefits, helping children fulfil potential, offer parents and the wider community a chance to volunteer and improves teacher and pupil relationships.

Michelle Meldrum, managing director of Gentoo Operations, said: “By helping to provide a healthy breakfast, children are given the best possible start to their day and the best chance to fulfil their potential in school.

“This is a great project to be involved in and we’re really proud to be helping to make a real difference to the children, staff and volunteers involved in the club.”

The school’s executive principal John McGuinness said: “The Breakfast club is a really exciting opportunity that will enable us to help children get a better start to their day, resulting in a more engaged and focused learning environment.

“Education research suggests that skipping breakfast and experiencing hunger impairs children’s ability to learn.

“At Academy 360 we want students to realise their potential.

“Providing breakfast to students at school improves their concentration, alertness, comprehension, memory and learning.”

The Greggs foundation oversees 355 clubs, providing a nutritious breakfast to more than 20,000 children each school day.