Breakfast clubs a big hit

Kyabram Free Press - - LOCALCLASSIES - By Lach­lan Durl­ing

THE state gov­ern­ment’s ex­panded School Breakfast Clubs have now served more than three mil­lion meals across Vic­to­ria.

“Kids can’t get the best out of them­selves with­out a de­cent breakfast. That’s why the school breakfast clubs are so im­por­tant; they’re mak­ing a real dif­fer­ence for teach­ers and stu­dents,” mem­ber for northern Vic­to­ria Mark Gepp said.

Since the launch of the pro­gram at the start of last year, breakfast clubs have been pro­vid­ing 50,000 free break­fasts ev­ery week at 500 of Vic­to­ria’s most dis­ad­van­taged schools.

Re­search has shown that since the pro­gram started, nine out of 10 teach­ers have seen im­proved stu­dent con­cen­tra­tion in the class­room, while seven out of 10 teach­ers have noted im­proved at­ten­dance and more than eight out of 10 teach­ers said they now had bet­ter re­la­tion­ships with their stu­dents.

“De­spite the suc­cess of kids hav­ing a brighter and health­ier start be­fore a day of learn­ing the pro­gram would be cut by the Lib­er­als if they win the next elec­tion,” Mr Gepp said.

All of the school breakfast club pro­gram prod­ucts are sourced lo­cally from Vic­to­rian pro­duc­ers and man­u­fac­tur­ers, in­clud­ing Blue Lake Milling from Dim­boola, and Pac­tum Dairy in Shep­par­ton.

Across the Mur­ray Plains elec­torate, 21 schools of­fer breakfast club pro­grams while 295,400 in­di­vid­ual break­fasts have been pro­vided across the Lod­don Cam­paspe Re­gion.

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