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School breakfast clubs to receive up to [pounds sterling]26 million in major boost for hungry kids; More than 1,770 state schools will benefit from the cash, according to the Department for Education, with money targeted at the most disadvantaged areas of the country.

Byline: Ben Glaze

School breakfast clubs will receive up to [pounds sterling]26 million in a major boost to hungry kids, the Government announced today.

More than 1,770 state schools will benefit from the cash, according to the Department for Education, with money targeted at the most disadvantaged areas of the country.

School chiefs will be left to decide how to run schemes, including whether the funding will cover just disadvantaged pupils or if all pupils can tuck in.

Two charities - Family Action and Magic Breakfast - will be responsible for running the clubs.

The cash injection, which comes from the new levy on soft drinks, will cover both new and existing school breakfast clubs.

The clubs are due to start this spring.

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Magic Breakfast founder Carmel McConnell believed the move "will ensure a nutritious breakfast reaches many more thousands of hungry schoolchildren, unlocking up to four hours of learning each morning to support their education".

Family Action Chief Executive David Holmes CBE said: "Breakfast clubs play a key role in ensuring children have a healthy start to their day."

Education Secretary Damian Hinds said: "A healthy breakfast can help fuel children's concentration so they can get the most out of their school day.

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"Children only get one chance at an education and they deserve the best, whatever their background - that is why we are giving more pupils in some of the country's most disadvantaged areas the chance to go to a breakfast club.

"Paid for by the Government's soft drinks levy, this investment will help raise education standards further and will make sure young people have happy, healthy childhoods."

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The cash injection, which comes from the new levy on soft drinks, will cover both new and existing school breakfast clubs

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A breakfast club at a primary school in West Yorkshire

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Education Secretary Damian Hinds

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Date:Mar 19, 2018
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