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Surrey Square Primary hosts Magic Feast

 

26th November 14

The pupils and staff at Surrey Square Primary in South-East London very kindly opened their doors after school on 12th November to play host to a spectacular Magic Feast fundraiser for Magic Breakfast.

In an amazing, domed room, more used to seeing pupils eating their porridge and bagels, local restaurants The Garrison, Village East, Hutong, MEATliquor, Pizza Pilgrims, The Good Egg and (appropriately) The Breakfast Club, set up their stalls and served up the most fabulous food, including lamb meatball sliders, mushroom and haloumi sliders, poached pork wontons, Shakshuka pots, freshly made pizza and berry topped pancakes. Yum!

There were raffle and auction prizes too, generously donated by a selection of local restaurants and bars. These included a voucher to dine at seafood restaurant, Wright Brothers, and a pasta making class with Chef Lale of the restaurant Zucca, which a group of lucky Surrey Square pupils will be attending, thanks to the person who passed his prize on to them.

 

The restaurant teams had put in a huge amount of effort to make such a special evening, giving their time and food for free. Enough money was raised to enable us to deliver healthy breakfasts to at least two schools for a whole year – that works out at more than 16,700 breakfasts!  We are incredibly grateful to all involved.

 
National School Meals Week 2014: Magic Breakfast hold fruit brekface event at Snape Wood Primary in Nottingham

 

 

7th November 2014

The pupils at Snape Wood Primary School in Nottingham gave Magic Breakfast a lovely welcome at their breakfast club on 6th November at an event to celebrate National School Meals Week. Magic Breakfast had brought along a colourful range of porridge and bagel toppings for the children to try, including pomegranate seeds, pineapple, fresh coconut, bananas, berries, mango, apple, cinnamon, honey and cream cheese. The children’s challenge was to make a fruity face on their breakfast- it all disappeared pretty quickly!

The school also took the opportunity to thank Players of People’s Postcode Lottery who have been supporting Snape Wood Primary’s breakfast club, via Magic Breakfast, since January 2014. 70 children get their fuel for learning at the breakfast club between 8am and 9am each school day.

Breakfast Club Coordinator, Alison Howarth, said: “Without the support of Magic Breakfast we would not be able to offer a free breakfast to our children. They can eat as much as they want for free and this has helped with behaviour and concentration in the classroom, and outcomes of this facility are reflected in the pupils’ progress”.

Players of People’s Postcode Lottery support 30 Magic Breakfast partner schools in the North of England. With their funding, Magic Breakfast is able to provide free food to 1,500 children.

Our thanks to headteacher, Scott Mason, to Alison Howarth and to all the children at Snape Wood Primary’s breakfast club who were so adventurous with their topping choices and such great fun to meet.

 
Ridwan's pumpkin come to life at Aqua Shard

30th October 2014

Children from Ben Jonson Primary in Mile End got their creative hats on and sketched pumpkin designs for the chance to win a competition hosted by Aqua Shard.

Hugh Wright from Aqua Shard came to Ben Jonson Primary last week to do the judging, with over 30 brilliant designs they struggled to choose a winner so chose one winner and three close runners up.

Ridwan and the runners up were treated to a special Paddington Bear tea at Aqua Shard to say thank you for their imaginative drawings, which had taken two weeks to complete!

Ridwan was very excited to see his winning design carved on a real pumpkin by the chef and put on display at Aqua Shard over Halloween to scare away the ghouls! (every day 1,000 people will see the pumpkin).

 


Mim McCulloch from Magic Breakfast said 'It was wonderful to see the children's eyes light up as we looked out over London. None of them had ever been up so high and it was definitely an experience to remember'.

 
SMCP: State of the Nation Report 2014

20th October 2014

Magic Breakfast is dealing with the problem of child hunger as a barrier to learning in UK schools, offering practical food aid and support to hundreds of poverty hit schools where children arrive too hungry to learn. Poverty is getting worse in these school communities and we are pleased that Alan Milburn has spoken out in this report about the negative impact of inequality. The SMCP Annual State of the Nation rightly recognises that the economic recovery is not yet a social recovery, reinforcing our day to day experience in over 250 schools. In response, we call on all  political parties to commit to support healthy breakfast provision, via Magic Breakfast, in every school with over 35% free school meals. The report today is a warning - and we agree with CPAG - rising child poverty and hunger is a result of policy choices. And it just doesn't have to happen.

We know that parents on low pay run out of food, and children go hungry. That parents without work or access to benefits run out of food, and children go hungry. We hope, as a mature democracy, that education drives child attainment as well as improving the intellectual capital of our nations. But right now we are failing the hundreds of thousands of children who cannot learn simply because their life circumstances mean they cannot get enough good food. It is horrible for the child and shocking that we as a country tolerate it.

Behind the statements made by the Rt Hon Alan Milburn about the need for living wages by 2025, and the welcome urgency across all report recommendations, there are the tough daily realities of communities where social inequality is painfully abundant. About a million hungry school children may not be able to learn,  to qualify, to work and to enjoy a productive, healthy and happy life unless we take action. We have to invest urgently in social mobility drivers - one of which is surely to make sure no child starts their school day too hungry to learn.

Read the full report here

 
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