Greggs Foundation and Rethink

Source: Greggs Foundation

The Agents of Change programme is available free of charge to all 770 Greggs Breakfast Club schools

The Greggs Foundation, the independent charity associated with Greggs, is working with a food education group to teach schoolchildren about food security and sustainability.

The foundation is partnering with charity Rethink Food, which was created by teachers who were inspired to take action by their own experiences of children facing hunger as a barrier to learning.

Rethink Food aims to give young people the knowledge and skills they need to be food secure and make a positive difference to the way people think about food, health and sustainability. It has pledged to deliver 10 million hours of education for children and young people by 2030.

As part of their new partnership agreement, The Greggs Foundation will contribute a million hours of education to the programme, enabling Rethink Food to deliver a bespoke new programme that may reach up to 50,000 school children.

The Agents of Change programme is targeted at Year 2 and Year 3 pupils and is designed to help them learn about making sustainable lifestyle choices and the importance of physical activity and healthy diets in a fun and engaging way.

Available free of charge to all 770 Greggs Breakfast Club schools, Agents of Change is a year-long course spread across the school year. It comprises 24 training modules, or ‘missions’, that will be enhanced by resources including interactive videos and downloadable activities, a school backpack for each child, sticker sheets and ‘secret agent’ materials.

“We know first-hand the positive impact on children when receiving a nutritious breakfast and The Greggs Foundation network of 770 Breakfast Clubs is the ideal platform for the Agents of Change programme to really deliver,” said Greggs Foundation manager Tracy Lynch.

“Through this partnership, we will be supporting hands-on education to thousands of children, which is central to the objectives of the Greggs Foundation in addressing child hunger for current and future generations.”

The Greggs Foundation was established by Ian Gregg, former chair of Greggs plc, in 1987 to provide support to the communities where Greggs operates, and where its customers and employees live. Its core aim is to address issues of poverty and inequality, ensuring food is at the heart of communities and supporting local community organisations to make a difference.