Acting Premier James Merlino has joined students at Ascot Vale West Primary School, one of the 500 schools that serve up free and healthy breakfasts.

“Students with a full stomach do better at school – it’s that simple. That’s why School Breakfast Clubs are so important,” Merlino said.

School Breakfast Clubs, a $13.7 million commitment, have been providing 50,000 free meals each week at 500 of Victoria’s most disadvantaged schools since 2016.

Research has shown that since the program started, nine out of ten teachers have seen improved student concentration in the classroom, while seven out of ten teachers have noted improved attendance and more than eight out of ten teachers said they now had better relationships with their students.

Foodbank Victoria CEO Dave McNamara is a fan of the program.

“We know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially for setting up students to concentrate, learn and be at their best while at school,” he said.

“We look forward to continuing to support this program, providing more healthy breakfasts to help more kids start the day right.”

A full list of School Breakfast Clubs can be found at: www.education.vic.gov.au/breakfastclubs

Volunteering opportunities can be found at: www.foodbankvictoria.org.au/SBCvolunteers