10th October 2014
Today Magic Breakfast visited St Eugene’s Primary in Camden to celebrate World Porridge Day. The team arrived early in the morning to set up a healthy porridge topping station to encourage the children to start eating porridge and choose tasty toppings.
Lynn the chef had boiled up a big vat of porridge which was ready to be served up at 8:30 on the dot. As the children started to arrive, porridge was definitely the favourite choice. The children helped themselves to healthy toppings such as strawberries, blueberries, pomegranate seeds, pineapple, pears, yogurt, honey and cinnamon.
The aim of the day was to get children trying the porridge as many of the children hadn't tried porridge before and thought they wouldn't like it. Frankie from year said ‘I’ve never had porridge before but it’s really nice’.
Headteacher Greg Donohue said: ‘Many of our children are from challenging backgrounds and would not have breakfast if it wasn’t for the Magic Breakfast club. Bad calories are cheaper than good calories and a lot of the children are suspicious of healthy foods. Porridge is such a good breakfast. By making porridge fun for the children and if they see their friends and teachers eating it, it will definitely encourage them to try porridge’.
‘We had one boy who was really anxious, nervous and chewing his sleeves. I asked his mum if she could just get up a bit early and bring him to breakfast club. He started coming and three weeks later he is a different child, playing with his friends and enjoying himself, his performance in school has improved so much!’.
Magic Breakfast receives porridge from Quaker Oats. They said: 'We are delighted Magic Breakfast is celebrating World Porridge Day by encouraging their partner schools to eat more porridge and try new toppings. Especially now the weather is getting colder, it is a great breakfast for the children. Each year we provide Magic Breakfast with 196,741 bowls of free porridge'.
Magic Breakfast is proud to support World Porridge Day, started by Mary’s Meals international charity, as we believe breakfast and especially porridge gives children the best start to their school day and fuel for learning.
St Eugene’s are now planning to start serving a big pot of porridge every Friday.
Happy World Porridge Day!