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London Live comes for breakfast at Thomas Buxton Primary

 

 

16th September 2014

It was a slightly different start to the day for the children and staff at Thomas Buxton Primary this morning as the London Live TV crew arrived for breakfast.  Magic Breakfast has been supporting this Tower Hamlets school for 4 years, where 45.4% of pupils are eligible for free school meals.

London Live was finding out how and why we are helping to feed the city’s children. Head teacher Lorraine Flanagan explained how it ‘can be a sluggish start to the term if children have had a very inactive and unhealthy summer holiday, so when they come back for some families it can be a period of re-energising. We support this by providing a nutritious breakfast in the mornings’.

We know September is a key time to catch those children who have not been eating or exercising properly during the long, summer holiday. Following the release of research in August (by the Trussell Trust) indicating “holiday hunger” among children in the UK, Magic Breakfast has conducted a back-to-school survey of all its partner schools asking if teachers have seen evidence of malnutrition in pupils returning after the summer break.

Of those who have responded, one third say they have seen evidence of malnourishment with many saying it takes several weeks for these children to return to the state of health they were at the end of the summer term.

Founder Carmel McConnell appealed to Londoners stating that ‘we have a child hunger crisis in the city’, this is evident by the 300 schools on our waiting list in need of support. It costs us £42 to give a child a healthy breakfast for a school year, donations can be made via our website.

Clips from London Live

 

 

 
Coutt's raise dough for Magic Breakfast; their Charity of the year

8th September 2014

Our lovely friends at Coutts held a cake sale on Friday to raise money for Magic Breakfast. As well as enjoying the fruits of their colleagues baking efforts, staff had the chance to win this amazing breakfast cake hand made by future Great British Bake Off winner Kimberly Toynton!

At the end of the day a grand total of £247 was raised - that's a lot of cake! Thank you.

 
THE INTRODUCTION OF UNIVERSAL INFANT FREE SCHOOL MEALS

 

Photo: Magic Breakfast founder, Carmel McConnell, being interviewed on

Sky News about the introduction of Universal Infant Free School Meals.

2nd September, 2014

The Government is publicising the start of its Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) initiative today.  This means that, from the start of this term, all children in the first three years of state school will receive a healthy, free school lunch.

Announcing the roll-out of UIFSM this morning the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, described the scheme as being “massively important” and he said that he particularly wanted to reach the 4 in 10 children living in poverty, but not currently eligible for Free School Meals.

At Magic Breakfast we know there are thousands of children in this country who do not get enough food or who, conversely, have diets too high in salt, sugar and fat.  As a result their health and education suffers.

UIFSM, one of many School Food Plan initiatives, is great news, giving a delicious and nutritious school lunch to all infants.  Magic Breakfast welcomes this step and also the new Government school breakfast programme which we are delighted to have been chosen to deliver as part of the School Food Plan.

 
Holiday Hunger must end

 

 

27th August 2014

Back to school is an extremely important time for Magic Breakfast and the children we support.  We hear from teachers at our partner schools that after the summer holidays without their free school breakfast or lunch, children are coming back to school with signs of malnourishment and some are noticeably thinner.

Jeanette Brumby, Assistant Head at Haseltine Primary in Lewisham said ‘We know that some of our children will lack good nutrition and even basic food provision during the weeks away from our school and we want to do whatever we can so that when our children return in September they are as ready to get going as they possibly can be.'

This is backed by a recent study by the Trussell Trust (August 2014) showing that 1 in 8 children in the UK are not being fed enough during the summer holidays and 32% of parents say school holidays put an extra burden on their already tight food budgets.

Founder of Magic Breakfast Carmel McConnell said “One in four children only get one hot meal a day – their school lunch…where do those children go in the holidays? I think this summer needs to be the last one where the answer to that is nowhere.” The Daily Mirror 27/08/14

We have a plan to stop hunger in the holidays with Magic Breakfast 365 read more here:

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/skinny-malnourished-kids-long-new-4113334

 

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