Newark: Lincolnshire Co-op invites primary schools to register for breakfast club funding
In an effort to tackle food poverty, shoppers are raising money to support primary school breakfast clubs for children in Newark and Lincolnshire.
Breakfast clubs provide a safe, secure environment before school where children can socialise with friends. Regardless of a child’s financial background or home life, these clubs ensure students can have a substantial breakfast before lessons begin.
Having breakfast increases students’ productivity, concentration and memory skills while reducing absences from school.
Lincolnshire Co-op invited all eligible primary schools to register to receive breakfast club funding and is now set to support 190 non-profit breakfast clubs through the society’s Community Champions scheme.
Jenny Hodgkinson, head at Lovers’ Lane Primary and Nursery School in Newark, said: “The breakfast club is an important feature of our school. Having this facility helps our families through an earlier start to the school day, especially for working parents.
“Eating a healthy meal before school supports pupils’ concentration and ability to learn.
“We are very grateful to the Lincolnshire Co-op for its support through fundraising and the way it champions our community. We will use this support to ensure the children have interesting activities to enjoy and healthy choices at our school club.”
From June to September, every time a member shops with their dividend card in a Lincolnshire Co-op, a donation will be made to the breakfast clubs campaign.
Colleagues at the retailer will also be raising money through collection boxes, dress-down days, and charity events. The total amount will be split evenly across every club.
It is hoped that the scheme will raise at least £125,000 to provide donations to each breakfast club for two to three years following the fundraising period. Regardless of the total, the society has guaranteed a donation of £250 to be awarded to each breakfast club in September 2021.
Lincolnshire Co-op’s community manager, Sam Turner said: “Recent national campaigns have really placed a spotlight on the importance of these services, and we’re proud to support the wider cause of tackling food poverty.
“These breakfast clubs ensure that every child can have a healthy and calm breakfast routine and a good start to their day.”