School Breakfast Clubs – Kaushaliya Vaghela MP

SCHOOL BREAKFAST CLUBSThe Andrews Labor Government has committed $58 million to expand the reach and scope of the School Breakfast Clubs Program, providing free breakfast to 500 schools.This program continues the commitment we made in the 2015-16 Budget of $13.7 million over four years for the School Breakfast Clubs Program. The program targets 500 disadvantaged primary schools, is delivered by Foodbank Victoria, and provides 50,000 breakfasts per week to participating schools.I requested the Hon. James Merlino, Deputy Premier and the Minister for Education, to provide an update to my constituents on how the Andrews Labor government will make sure that this service is delivered to the students most in need of this program.#KaushaliyaMP

Posted by Kaushaliya Vaghela MP on Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Ms VAGHELA (Western Metropolitan) (22:29:06): My adjournment matter is directed to the Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, the Honourable James Merlino. The Andrews Labor government is delivering the school breakfast clubs program for our students. Around 20 per cent of students go to school without breakfast at least once a week, and 15 per cent go to school without lunch. I am happy to see that to tackle this issue the Andrews Labor government is expanding the school breakfast clubs program. Research has suggested that students’ ability to concentrate in class, self-regulate and learn are negatively affected if they are hungry. Furthermore, students from low socio-economic backgrounds are significantly more likely to miss breakfast than those from high socio-economic backgrounds. We want to make sure that we are able to help these students get better outcomes from their schooling. The expanded breakfast clubs program addresses the link between disadvantaged students unable to get enough food to sustain them through the day and poorer learning outcomes. The program is a great example of tackling disadvantage so that all children can reach their potential regardless of circumstance, as well as ensuring that Victorian children and young people are happy, healthy and resilient. The action I seek is for the minister to provide an update to my office on how the Andrews Labor government will make sure that this service is delivered to the students most in need in my electorate of Western Metropolitan Region.