Birkenhead’s primary schools and
charities have taken delivery of thousands of free breakfast products – the
equivalent of 156,000 meals – to help sustain their breakfast clubs, following
local residents’ donations to the Feeding Birkenhead programme.
The products were collected at an
event held last Friday in Hamilton Square which was organised by Feeding
Birkenhead and His Church. Food distributed included cereal donated by Kellogg’s
as part of their Help Give A Child A breakfast Campaign and food that would
otherwise have been sent to landfill, or been burnt, as it had become surplus
to retailers’ and manufacturers’ requirements.
In addition to free boxes of
cereal, schools were able to collect hampers of porridge, muesli, spreads,
fruit snacks and fruit drinks, thanks to donations from Birkenhead residents.
The donation towards each breakfast pack was £20 and residents had donated a
total of £200 for the event. Ten schools received hampers from the event.
Commenting on the event, Frank
Field MP said: ‘As well as free meals and fun for children during the holidays,
the provision of free school breakfasts has become a priority for Feeding
Birkenhead. We are so pleased to team up with His Church so we can link the
town’s schools into this supply of wholesome recycled food, ensuring hundreds
more children can begin the school day ready to learn.’
Richard Humphrey, His Church’s
co-ordinator added: ‘In collaboration with Feeding Birkenhead, Tranmere
Rovers and Kellogg’s, His Church has distributed over 500,000 free breakfasts
over the last nine months, to children and families in the Birkenhead area. The
event at Hamilton Square, with the spectacular backdrop of Birkenhead Town
Hall, was the perfect way to celebrate the ongoing success of our partnership.
We were particularly touched by the support of local residents which helped us
provide a range of healthy breakfast packs to schools, made up of great quality
food which would have otherwise gone to waste.’