Healthy breakfast bags have been distributed among Harris Boys’ Academy East Dulwich’s pupils and their families with help from safer schools police officers and the charity School Food Matters.
Since term began, around 400 bags have been shared among 200 families struggling financially. They have been packed and delivered with help from the local Met team.
Vice principal Ben Bray said: “Having access to a nutritious and filling breakfast is not only vital for our students’ health and wellbeing but also enhances their ability to learn.
“We have a high proportion of disadvantaged families who are facing financial hardship due to the pandemic and being able to offer some extra support with the help of School Food Matters is excellent.”
Each bag contains enough food for two weeks’ worth of nutritious breakfasts and includes bread, oats, fresh milk, Weetabix, baked beans, coconut, rice and fruit.
Safer Schools Officer, PC Marcus Kudliskis, said his team were delighted to help support the community.
One parent described the bags as a ‘wonderful’ addition, saying: “It helps so much. The free school meals vouchers are great but this helps it go so much further. The variety is also excellent.”