The School Breakfast Clubs Expansion Program seeks to address the impact that disadvantage can have on education outcomes by offering free and healthy food for students in 1000 Victorian government schools.
Research shows that a child's ability to concentrate in class, self-regulate and learn is negatively impacted if they are hungry. It has been reported that the rising cost of living makes it increasingly difficult particularly for low-income families and families living in poverty to provide enough healthy food for all the family each week.
Building on the success of the 2016-19 School Breakfast Clubs Program, which began implementation in 500 Victorian government primary schools over 2016, the Expansion Program seeks to further support Victorian students and their families.
The Victorian Government has continued its partnership with Foodbank Victoria, the Victorian branch of Australia's largest food welfare agency in Australia, to deliver the Expansion Program. The program will include:
- Delivery of healthy breakfasts in 1,000 Victorian government primary, secondary, P-12 and specialist schools
- Provision of nutritious lunches and holiday food supplies targeted to students in need
- Delivery of cooking classes for families at 100 disadvantaged schools.
How schools are selected
The 500 schools already participating in the program have been invited to continue their involvement.
Eligibility for the additional 500 schools has been determined using the most recent Student Family Occupation Education (SFOE) index data. This provides an accurate measure of disadvantage and is consistent with the approach of the 2016-19 program.
Invitations to eligible schools will be sent over Terms 3 and 4 2019 and Term 1 2020. A phased implementation rollout will begin with 125 schools each term over the 2020 school year, in order to reach the target 1000 schools by Term 4 2020.
The Victorian Government has committed funding of $58 million to deliver the School Breakfast Clubs Expansion Program in 1000 Victorian government primary, secondary, P-12 and specialist schools in Victoria over four years from 2019-2023.
For more information about the School Breakfast Clubs Expansion Program, and to view an interactive map of participating schools, please see the
Foodbank Victoria website