CHILDREN at an East Shields school have learned that, contrary to the old saying, there is such a thing as a free meal.
Youngsters at Harton Primary are now able to tuck into cereals, toast and fruit juices for breakfast, thanks to a £3,500 grant from housing provider Home Group and bakery chain Greggs.
The social landlord owns numerous homes in Harton, so it decided to support the East Avenue school’s breakfast club as part of its commitment to improving the lives of customers.
Kathryn Forte, Home Group’s strategic neighbourhood co-ordinator, said: “As an affordable housing provider, Home Group isn’t just interested in providing homes for people, but also in improving communities and the lives of our customers.
“Getting a good education is vital for young people if they want to achieve their dreams in life, but it’s difficult to concentrate at school if you haven’t had a decent breakfast.
“We’d heard about the success of the breakfast club at Harton, and although it only cost £1.80 per child, we know that, for some of our customers and the wider community, that is a significant sum, especially if you have more than one child.”
The Greggs Foundation, the North Tyneside-based chain’s charity, has also provided a large-capacity toaster and made an ongoing commitment to supply bread for the youngsters.
Headteacher Alison Chipchase said: “Providing a free breakfast to our children during such difficult financial times is wonderful, and on behalf of the children and parents, I would like to extend my thanks to both organisations.”