THE state government’s expanded School Breakfast Clubs have now served more than three million meals across Victoria.
“Kids can’t get the best out of themselves without a decent breakfast. That’s why the school breakfast clubs are so important; they’re making a real difference for teachers and students,” member for northern Victoria Mark Gepp said.
Since the launch of the program at the start of last year, breakfast clubs have been providing 50,000 free breakfasts every week at 500 of Victoria’s most disadvantaged schools.
Research has shown that since the program started, nine out of 10 teachers have seen improved student concentration in the classroom, while seven out of 10 teachers have noted improved attendance and more than eight out of 10 teachers said they now had better relationships with their students.
“Despite the success of kids having a brighter and healthier start before a day of learning the program would be cut by the Liberals if they win the next election,” Mr Gepp said.
All of the school breakfast club program products are sourced locally from Victorian producers and manufacturers, including Blue Lake Milling from Dimboola, and Pactum Dairy in Shepparton.
Across the Murray Plains electorate, 21 schools offer breakfast club programs while 295,400 individual breakfasts have been provided across the Loddon Campaspe Region.