Uk News i reader donations to tackle child hunger top £638,000 United Kingdom news
PremierLeague-News.Com - Since the issue of child hunger has been brought to the fore, i readers have 'embodied' the collective feeling across the UK that things must change, Magic Breakfast said
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Donations to Magic Breakfast, i’s Christmas appeal partner, totalled almost £640,000 overall, the charity has revealed.Through cheques, online donations and texts, i readers raised a grand total of £638,403.10 for Magic Breakfast once Gift Aid was accounted for – more than eight times the original £75,000 target.The charity, which provides healthy breakfasts to children at risk of hunger, described the figure as “phenomenal”.The i newsletter latest news and analysisEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.Enough has been raised to pay for nearly 1.9m healthy breakfasts overall, or to fund breakfasts for 9,630 children for an entire school year, it said.Magic Breakfast has more than doubled in size in 2021 and now supports more than 1,000 schools in disadvantaged areas of the UK, offering breakfast to as many as 170,000 children every school day. What can £638,403.10 pay for? This is enough to fund 1,877,656 healthy breakfasts 938,828 bagel servings Stacked on top of each other this bagel tower would be 23,470 metres high – more than 2.5 times the height of Mount Everest 1,877,656 cereal servings This would come to 65.7 metric tonnes in weight – the equivalent of more than five London Routemaster buses Commenting on the amount of money i readers have donated to the cause, Emily Wilkie, head of fundraising at Magic Breakfast, said: “I just can’t believe it – it’s phenomenal… we’ve been overwhelmed.”During the Covid-19 pandemic child food poverty has become a national talking point. The Government’s decision to refuse families on low incomes free school meal vouchers over the 2020 summer holidays prompted widespread anger and shone a spotlight on childhood hunger in the UK last year. After footballer Marcus Rashford galvanised calls to continue to provide for hungry children during the holidays, the Government reversed the decision in the face of huge public pressure.“I feel there’s been a sense collectively across the country that people aren’t prepared to let children go hungry now [the issue has] been brought to the fore. i readers have really embodied that,” Ms Wilkie said. ‘Magic Breakfast has been fantastic for us’ Emily Baker is assistant head teacher and wellbeing lead at Shenstone School, a primary school for pupils with special educational needs in Dartford, Kent “Magic Breakfast has been fantastic for our school. Our children love their structure and routine so we really had to think how this would support them before introducing it.
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. Before our provision they could come into school hungry but they couldn’t tell us that, yet through their behaviour they could show that. Now they are offered breakfast we know any behaviours [they might show] it is not linked to hunger. That’s ruled out now. “Sharing and eating meals is paramount for our children because some of them find it very hard to be in a social group. It’s not just breakfast, it’s everything that comes with it. It has developed their communication, the adults are showing how to use a knife and the butter. “A lot of our children are really fussy eaters. They wouldn’t even look at the cereal at first but gradually through play they would start trying it – that had a knock-on effect at home. “Incorporating breakfast meant we could also stop snack time in the morning – a lot of children would prefer to eat unhealthy food at snack time, so it’s actually made us a healthier school. “We have 150-plus children on roll and 94 have taken up breakfast, which is unbelievable. Breakfast is part of our school day now, it is embedded, we won’t ever stop it.”
While schools were shut, Magic Breakfast continued its provision by delivering food to pupils’ doors – it is still suppling children with breakfast on their doorstep in areas where schools have not yet reopened.Even though they have food in their stomachs at the start of the day, being at home for such a long time has taken its toll on many children, particularly those from poorer backgrounds without access to laptops who have fallen behind, Ms Wilkie said. Read More Free school breakfasts are key to restoring lost learning, says catch-up tsar Sir Kevan Collins “There’s a huge amount of recovery needed to help children catch up. We have to make sure every child has what they need to do so,” she added.“When an issue is at the fore in the media there’s always a worry it will fade away or be seen as ‘solved’ when there is still a long way to go.“Breakfast provides children with that ability to catch up. That’s the impact i readers have let us have – it makes such a big difference.”
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