Launch of a Pilot Programme of Breakfast Clubs
On 17th June 2013 Minister Joan Burton T.D. launched a Pilot Programme of Breakfast Clubs at St. Catherine’s Infant School in Cabra, which has been developed by Healthy Food for All and funded through Kellogg’s Corporate Citizenship Fund. Minister Burton spoke about the many benefits of breakfast clubs and how they are important in creating a friendly, positive start to the school day. The Minister would like to see more breakfast clubs being set up across Ireland due to their role in helping children to learn.
As part of the Pilot Programme grants were made available to four primary schools in north Dublin to support the set-up of a new breakfast club in each school. The four schools participating in the Pilot Programme are:
- St. Catherine’s Infant School, Cabra, Dublin 7
- St. Eithne’s Girls National School, Edenmore, Dublin 5
- Holywell Educate Together, Swords, Co. Dublin
- Holy Trinity National School, Donaghmede, Dublin 13.
The breakfast clubs were set up during January and February 2013, and the Pilot Programme will continue to run until June 2014. Healthy Food for All works closely with each school to provide advice and guidance on setting up and running a sustainable breakfast club that builds on the resources and experiences available locally. Healthy Food for All is evaluating the progress of the clubs throughout the programme to identify the supports and resources needed by schools to set up a breakfast club in different settings. See press release.