ACCORDING to recent research an astonishing 1 in 7 young people go off to school of college having had no breakfast.
Using their loaf, or alternatively rolled oats if you prefer, South Essex College is now set to offer all students the opportunity of a free breakfast as part of their brand new Breakfast Club initiative.
From the start of term on Monday 9 September between 730am – 830am students from the three main campuses in Southend, Basildon and Thurrock, and the Thurrock Learning Centre in Grays, have been enjoying the opportunity of a hot or cold drink, toast and a piece of fruit or the same offer but replacing toast with a bowl of porridge to give them the best start to their day and hunger for learning.
Angela O’Donoghue, Principal and Chief Executive of the College, said: “We all know that eating breakfast is an important part of the day and successful schemes elsewhere in the country have shown that it has had a positive impact on students, their attention span and in retention levels.
We want to help harness and unleash students’ potential and we are hoping to help do that through this new scheme at the College.”
Running the scheme is Head of Catering Operation at the College, Ronnie Wyatt-Goodwin, who knows a thing or two about food as he was a former Sous Chef at The Dorchester.
He added: “Staff and students are really excited about the potential of this scheme, I’ve been to other colleges in Manchester where it has been a resounding success and we are hoping to emulate that here to the benefit of our students. You could say we are giving them food for thought.”
All new and returning students need to do is turn up to Scoff at any of the campuses between 8.00am – 9.00am to claim their free and healthy breakfast.
In addition to this the College is also introducing a price-busting 20 pence for a piece of fruit from Scoff, which is sure to ap-peel to many, and also offer a 20% discount on the healthy option meal of the day which could see people save pounds and lbs!