Before the coronavirus pandemic, as many as 1.7 million children in the UK were living with food insecurity, at risk of hunger in the morning, according to government figures.*  Then, in the 6 months March-August 2020, the Food Foundation reported that 2.3 million children were living in households that had experienced food insecurity. Following this, in our Autumn Survey of partner schools almost half (48%) of staff who responded to the survey said they thought child hunger had increased in their school community as a result of Covid-19, with over two thirds (69%) of staff who responded to the survey saying they thought that poverty had increased in their school community as a result of Covid-19.

Quote from a Magic Breakfast partner school: “We are providing many more of our families with food parcels. More children are coming to school hungry. An increasing number of children are asking for extra food at lunchtimes.” 
A hungry child cannot concentrate.  For 28p Magic Breakfast can give a child a healthy breakfast and expert support to their school, opening up hours of crucial lesson time in the morning.

Magic Breakfast Pupil Survey, designed to gauge the amount of hunger and malnutrition in a school, filled in by a pupil in 2015:

“These kids only have one chance at childhood, and one chance at education. Education is going to be their best way out of poverty. By feeding and valuing them, Magic Breakfast makes a practical difference to these children every single day.”

Quote from the Head of Extended Hours, De Bohun Primary School, London.

*Ref: Department for Work and Pensions. Households below average income: financial years ending 1995 – 2020. Published March 2021.

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