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Breakfast Clubs

Question for Department for Education

UIN HL9380, tabled on 20 October 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to fund free breakfast provision during school holidays.

Answered on

4 November 2020

The department is investing up to £35 million in the National School Breakfast Programme, using funds from Soft Drinks Industry Levy revenues. This includes an extension by a further year until March 2021.

While the programme is designed to support schools during term time, during the summer holidays this year we provided extra provision using existing funds for breakfast meals to participating schools. The support was put in place, while schools were largely closed, to help pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds have access to healthy nutritious breakfast meals. These schools were able to support children in the way which worked best for them, including food parcels collected by parents from open schools or breakfast food ‘drop-offs’.

Future departmental spending decisions about the programme are subject to the Spending Review. Further details of this are yet to be determined.