What a success! The café has been running twice a week during term time, at Uppingham C of E Primary School for nearly 20 months. The school community have embraced the café whole heartedly, with consistent numbers of families attending on Mondays and Fridays.
Shirley, our amazing chef, a parent, who is now the school cook too, creates fantastic breakfasts from the surplus food supplied from Tesco and Lidl, we also receive donations of overstocked baked beans and cereals from Rutland Food Bank. The delicious menu can include, scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausages, fruit, cereals or a last day of school fry up.
One Mum shared with us,
I've been attending the Breakfast Club Cafe at the CofE school for just over a year now. It is hugely beneficial to the families who attend. Obviously the children (and adults who want it) are able to eat a hot wholesome breakfast before school however the social side of it too shouldn't be underestimated. I've met families there whom I would not have met as our children are in different years. Parents bring their younger pre-school children with them, they get to know the school environment long before they are of school age and other parents are able to lend a hand with the babies\toddlers if needed. Shirley, the cook and the other kitchen volunteers are fabulous. Always welcoming, friendly and have the kettle on and the tea made waiting before we've asked for a cup! We seemed to have formed quite a social network and whilst I don't 'need' the cafe to supply my son with breakfast we have certainly both benefitted from the social side and friendly interaction. Before I went to breakfast club and being relatively new to the school I struggled socially at school pick ups, drop offs and events. Now, thanks to 'regular contact' at breakfast club we've created links and friendships with other parents that I wouldn't have made had I didn't go. My son and I both look forward to Mondays and Fridays, he for the pancakes, me for the friendly faces. I can't thank the volunteers and organisers enough. Thank you.