AM welcomes high uptake of free school breakfasts in Carmarthenshire

Plaid AM Rhodri Glyn Thomas has welcomed figures showing a high uptake of the School Free Breakfast scheme in Carmarthenshire.

Figures obtained by Plaid shows that a 100 schools in Carmarthenshire took part in the One Wales Government’s Primary School Free Breakfast Initiative during 2008/09. In January 2009, it was recorded that over 3,000 pupils in Carmarthenshire were taking advantage of the free breakfast scheme.

Launched in 2007 by the Welsh Government, the initiative is intended to help improve the health and concentration of pupils, and to assist in the raising of standards of learning and attainment. The scheme also allows all those that, for whatever reason, have not had breakfast, to have one in school.

Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM said:

“I am delighted so many families in the county are receiving support through this scheme.

“It is a well known fact that tired and hungry children can’t concentrate in the classroom. Providing free breakfasts not only help children in terms of the health benefits in getting a nutritious start to the day, but also in the education helping them to concentrate fully in lessons.

“The One Wales Government is committed to maintaining the programme of free school breakfasts and I look forward to even more schools in the area taking up the scheme.”

Jonathan Edwards MP said:

“This is a great initiative and really shows how Plaid in government has aimed to tackle education and health issues at a very early age. Thousands of children in the county have benefited as a result of the scheme and I am sure it will continue to be a great success in the future.”

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