Broadcaster and People's Postcode Lottery Ambassador Fiona Phillips recently visited Abercorn Secondary School in Glasgow to find out more about a charity which is tackling child hunger in Scotland.
Children in the most disadvantaged areas of Scotland are now receiving a free, healthy breakfast, thanks to the expansion of charity Magic Breakfast.
Sixteen schools in Scotland are getting support, feeding over 500 children every school day. Currently schools in Edinburgh, Fife, Glasgow, Inverclyde and North Ayrshire receive a healthy Magic Breakfast provision. Plans are in place to offer help to schools in East Ayrshire, Falkirk, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire later this year.
The charity currently operates in partnership with 470 schools in England. It has launched in Scotland with support from players of People's Postcode Lottery. This is one of more than 4,000 good causes backed by players of People's Postcode Lottery. Players have now raised more than £300 Million for charities.
Fiona Phillips said, "This is a fantastic charity that helps thousands of children across Great Britain who come to school hungry each day. A nutritious breakfast sets these young people up for the day and we are pleased to be able to support Magic Breakfast's expansion across Scotland. Our players can be proud that they've raised more than £300 Million for thousands of good causes like this one."
Head Teacher Patricia McGowan added, "The difference Magic Breakfast has made to our school is amazing. The children who come to school early to share this experience are getting a great start to the day. We have seen an increased concentration during class time as well as improvements to their health and wellbeing through spending time developing their peer relationships. I'm so grateful to the charity for working with us."