|Magic Breakfast feeds kids too hungry to learn|
. According to Child Poverty Action Group, 1 in 4 UK children will have only one hot meal a day, a meal that will be served at school and is under threat as Government removes the ring-fencing from the school food budget. Some 1 .6 million UK children live in severe poverty according to Save the Children, which makes malnutrition a very real threat.
People like Jamie Oliver and Carmel are campaigning to stop nutrition slipping from the schools agenda. Both have data that proves there is a direct link between good food and academic attainment. Their piece in the Observer this Sunday was a real shot across the bows for those who think they can turn back the clock on school nutrition and do anything to address social mobility.
SEL member Magic Breakfast is the largest independent agency working with primary schools to ensure no child starts the day too hungry to learn. It is currently looking to raise and invest £13 million in the 1,000 poorest primary schools, through a social impact bond or a coalition of business and Government funds. This will return £28 million over 20 years in reduced demand for future services such as health, youth offending and welfare costs.
Kids are going to school too hungry to learn and as Carmel tells us, “If we want the poorest children to achieve social mobility, we have to start at primary school level. Our school programme transforms child attendance, punctuality, concentration and behaviour. It works.”
So, if feeding kids nutritionally balanced school meals and promoting them through the ranks is a good thing, and letting the poorest sink or swim in a sea of turkey twizzlers, gravy and underachievement is a bad thing, let's hope the captains of HMS Britain are not going to let scurvy, a very real problem in English schools in 2011, ruin the voyage.
One of my most recent followers on Twitter is EUROCHIPS, the European Network for Children of Imprisoned Parents, which really made me think too. How many kids are falling between the cracks and what is the real cost of poverty and neglect? Thank God we have people out there willing to work with these kids, for all our sakes.
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