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Simon Clarke, Member of Parliament (MP) for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, and Jonathan Bennett, External Relations Director at General Mills, visit Lingdale Primary School for Breakfast Club


From right to left: Simon Clarke, MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland; Sarah Thornton, Headteacher at Lingdale Primary; Jonathan Bennett, External Relations Director at General Mills; Tracy Lynch, Greggs Foundation Manager; Ms Coe, Breakfast Club Staff.

For the past five years, General Mills has been proud to fund over 4.5 million breakfasts for the breakfast club programme across the UK. This includes Lingdale Primary School, which is one of 13 schools in Middlesbrough that run a breakfast club. Our sponsorship now extends to over 70 schools across the country where the need is greatest. Working with our delivery partner, the Greggs Foundation, we have seen the demand for breakfast clubs grow and so have extended our sponsorship with new projects to be further developed in 2023.

Lingdale Primary School: Enjoying breakfast provided by the breakfast club

Lingdale’s breakfast club regularly caters to 70 children each morning, providing these pupils with a nutritious start to their school day. Simon Clarke, MP, and Jonathan Bennett, External Relations Director at General Mills, visited Lingdale Primary School on 3rd March to see the club in operation.

“We are all aware that food insecurity is a major issue in the UK. It is concerning to think that not every child in the country has access to breakfast. As a leading food company we feel it’s vital to do what we can to help,” said Jonathan Bennett. “We are all keen to play our part in reducing barriers to learning. We know that hungry children find it harder to concentrate and learn so we want to make sure as many as possible are getting a breakfast before school to prepare them for the day ahead.”

Simon Clarke, Conservative MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, said: “It’s good to see companies like General Mills stepping in to help local communities during difficult economic times. Schools are doing fantastic work, but this additional support is greatly welcomed. It was clear to see just how much the children loved their breakfast and huge credit is due to all the teachers who support this initiative, led by headteacher Mrs Thornton.”

We’re delighted to have been working with the Greggs Foundation for the last five years to help deliver millions of breakfasts to schoolchildren throughout the UK. We look forward to continuing our support of this programme for years to come and helping to transform the lives of thousands of children across the country.

About General Mills and The Greggs Foundation

The Greggs Foundation is a charitable trust aiming to make a meaningful difference to the everyday lives of disadvantaged people in local communities.

Breakfast Clubs, one of the Foundation’s five major programmes, supply schools with fresh bread from local bakeries and grant aid to provide balanced and nutritious breakfasts for pupils who need them.

General Mills has donated funds to the Foundation since 2017, supplying approximately 4.6 million breakfasts to children across 70 schools in the UK.

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