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Southwark School Meals System Transformation Programme

Financial Support for Breakfast

It is important for pupils to start the day with a nutritious breakfast. Evidence shows that providing a healthy school breakfast at the start of the school day can contribute to improved readiness to learn, increased concentration, and improved wellbeing and behaviour.

Financial and practical support for breakfast provision is available to Southwark schools. The table below lists several organisations that can help schools establish a breakfast club, with a description of the offer and eligibility criteria.

Organisation & Offer

Eligibility Criteria


  • Primary school only
  • Bread donations from the nearest store
  • Payment each term towards other food items

Initial start-up grant to purchase appliances/equipment for clubs

  • ≥ 40% FSM
  • Breakfast clubs must be offered free of charge
  • Commitment to engaging parents and volunteers (if possible)
  • how to apply

Magic Breakfast

  • Schools can order breakfast food directly
  • Expert advice and support provided to optimise breakfast provision
  • Offer free for first two years after which a membership contract is entered into

National School Breakfast Programme

  • All participating schools will receive a 75% subsidy for the food and delivery costs of breakfast club provision until the end of July 2024. Schools will contribute 25% of costs. All pupils in participating schools are to be offered breakfast supplies at no cost to them or their parents
  • Schools can order breakfast food (directly via a simple online portal dedicated to school
  • Schools can offer a healthy breakfast within a traditional breakfast club, bagel bar, classroom breakfast or arrival breakfast
  • Dedicated phone and email support provided by a knowledgeable school support team
  • Schools in disadvantaged areas will be eligible for the programme if they have 40% or more pupils in bands A-F of the income deprivation affecting children index (IDACI) 
  • how to apply


Kellogg’s Breakfast Club Grants Programme

  • Grants of £1,000 to school Breakfast Clubs
  • 35% and above of children eligible for pupil premium funding, or
  • Schools that are based in an area which is classified as falling in the 10% of most deprived areas according to the Index of Multiple Deprivation
  • how to apply