Funding will see 1.3m healthy breakfasts delivered to children at risk of hunger

A further 1.3 million healthy breakfasts will be given to school children by charity Magic Breakfast after it was awarded £450,000 from the People’s Postcode Lottery.

The charity now works with more than 1,000 primary, secondary and special schools in disadvantaged areas across England and Scotland.

The new funding is enough for 1.3 million healthy breakfasts which will be provided to children “at risk of hunger”.

Schools interested in working with Magic Breakfast are encouraged to submit an expression of interest via the charity’s website.

The funding comes as child hunger has reached critical levels. The Food Foundation estimates that 2.5 million children lived in households that experienced food insecurity in the six months up to January 2021.

Furthermore, it is estimated that as many as 900,000 additional children were registered for free school meals in September last year as the pandemic hit family finances hard. It means 29 per cent of children are now claiming FSM – 2.2 million nationwide.

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