The Bermondsey Harvest Feast- 6th November
Magic Breakfast are excited to announce that the restaurants of 'foodie' Capital Bermondsey Street in London will be hosting a unique feast, created especially to raise funds for Magic Breakfast.
This unique evening hosted by five well renowned restaurants Village East, The Garrison, Jose, Pizarro and Antico has been created with one aim in mind; to give hungry children a healthy breakfast as fuel for learning.
Tickets include a three course feast of home cured meats, Venison Wellington, Wild Girolle Risotto and Tarta de Santiago, a welcome drink, live music and a raffle with luxurious prizes.
To reserve you tickets email
£35 per ticket
More information http://www.village-london.co.uk/bermondsey-village-harvest/
Picture courtesy of The Diocese of Westminster
On Tuesday 24th September, the Archbishop of Westminster, the Most Rev Vincent Nichols visited one of the five Magic Breakfast partner schools supported by Caritas.
The Archbishop, the Most Rev Vincent Nichols Archbishop Nichols said in The Times: “I am very keen to promote the Magic Breakfast initiative because it improves children’s attentiveness and energy levels and therefore their educational achievement and therefore their life expectations. At its most simple, it is giving children energy.”
Magic Breakfast Founder Carmel McConnell accompanied the Archbishop on his visit said
“A hungry child cannot concentrate it. If we believe in education as the engine of life chances, then we have to support children who at the moment have insufficient food in order to make the most of their classroom experiences.”
“I want it to go further. I think there should be free school meals at primary school level. In Finland where they did that they saw massive changes, improvements in educational outcomes and child health. If we do it, we will see not only improvements in children’s well being, reduced obesity, reduced malnutrition rates, but we will also be investing in education.”
Read the Times article here
This week, 242 partner schools start the new academic year and over 8,000 children sit down to a healthy breakfast provided by Magic Breakfast.
We need your help to reach even more children. Donate here.
This month we will be delivering 86,976 bagels into schools, an increase of more than a third since September 2012. More than 56,500 bowls of cereal will be delivered this month, more than double the number served in September 2012. We have also tripled the amount of porridge being served since September 2012, and it's not even cold yet!
The need for breakfast clubs has grown, and Magic Breakfast is expanding to meet it, but we need help. £3.50 will provide a healthy breakfast for a month, helping us to feed even more children.
In the last few years Magic Breakfast has expanded nationally, supporting 242 primary schools, 150 of which are in London, and giving 8,000 children the fuel for learning. We intend to increase our reach further in the next year.
As one of our partner schools in Manchester told us:
“we do believe a good breakfast is the basis of everything. If people could see how their very generous donations are used to help very needy children they would feel very proud. It is soul destroying to work with a child who is clearly hungry."
As Carmel’s interview highlighted on Channel 4 news accompanied by Magic Breakfast partner school headteacher, Jeanette Brumby, these breakfast clubs are so important for children and families as they come back from 6 weeks over the Summer, when the struggle to make ends meet is harder than ever. Click here to see the interview http://www.channel4.com/news/kids-hunger-government-action-poverty-line
It costs us just 22p to provide a healthy breakfast, and £3.50 will give a child fuel for learning for a month. Click here to support us.
Friday 19th July
It’s great, John and Henry have done a cracking job. I haven’t stopped smiling, honestly, because I believe we now can sort out school food systematically, improving the lives of thousands of children by offering them a better school breakfast and lunch.
But a bit more. From Tuesday 16th July, the day of the All Party Parliamentary Group on School Food at Westminster.
The All Party Parliamentary Group on July 16th was already pretty warm, with Westminster baking out a gentle 30 degrees outside. But (and this is a cheese warning, this blog is full of good feeling and some cliche!) it got even warmer as John and Henry talked through the School Food Plan. Warmer with relief and happiness that the review had been so clearly from the heart, so thorough, so child centred, so action oriented. Warmer still as many experienced school food experts expressed the view that the Plan is a game changer, a big step on in the evolution of good school food. And, as much as any of that, warmer because we couldn’t work out how to open the 100 year old windows.
So, the Plan. Well, first of all John and Henry deserve a nice big thank you from all of us, I think. They’ve (with their indomitable DfE team led by Matthew Purves) united a disparate body of school food expertise, because they are passionate, clever and clearly slightly mad. Nietzche I think said if there is a big enough why, we can get through any amount of how. They’ve worked on the basis that getting better school food into the nation’s children is the foundation for their future success. Letting children eat the wrong food creates unhappy, unwell, underachieving children, and creates a pipeline of underachievement and illness. So there’s a pretty big why. But it takes something special to create such a strong groundswell of support for the Plan. It’s so much more than improved lunch take up - read it and you’ll be amazed at the whole range of great stuff. Getting Government backing for the main actions is a huge achievement, and the Secretary of State also deserves our thanks, in my view, for making school food improvement a funding priority during a time of austerity. So thank you.
What’s my role? Well I’ve been a member of the expert panel, done my fair share of head scratching, working through the vast amount of information that John and Henry welcomed into the review, from right across the education spectrum. All of us on the expert panel will stay on to help with the implementation, bringing our experience and individual areas of expertise. My area of expertise is that I’m an optimistic sort of activist, keen to offer a good breakfast to children who arrive at school too hungry to learn. , I’m the Founder of Magic Breakfast, which provides a healthy breakfast to 7,500 children each school day, in 230 schools. We build food skills and confidence, stressing the role of parents as well as helping the school reap the many rewards of good breakfast and lunch. It’s really simple. Good food drives child attainment, happiness and wellbeing. And you may have seen this phrase a few times now - a hungry child cannot concentrate.
And now the Plan is launched, what is my reaction? Well, delighted. It is an important and radical set of actions, which I believe will upgrade the food experience of a whole generation of school children. Actually I haven’t stopped smiling. Not only because breakfast is in there, but really because Henry and John have created a cracking plan of action to tackle so many under resourced areas of school food. Now, I hope we can unleash the positive energy created by the plan into a million different school food improvements. As I’ve pointed out over the years, posters won’t feed children, people will. You, possibly. I believe everyone can make a big difference to the success of this plan. Why not you?
Let us know how you are getting on and sending love, Carmel