Members Statement: School breakfast clubs

Mr NOONAN (Minister for Industry and Employment) — One of the unsung investments of the Andrews government is the $13.7 million to establish the school breakfast clubs program for 500 of the most disadvantaged government primary schools in Victoria over four years. The program is managed by Foodbank Victoria, the largest food welfare agency in Australia. Foodbank Victoria delivers free healthy food supplies to participating schools, enabling a school breakfast club to run during the course of the school week.

I had the privilege of visiting the Altona North Primary School breakfast club last Friday morning to meet the teachers and volunteers delivering the program. I was also able to serve breakfast to a good number of enthusiastic young students as they quizzed me about various issues, such as football and politics. It is clear the breakfast club program is making a difference, and I want to thank the Altona North Primary School community, led by principal Robyn Gregson, for their commitment to give every one of their students the best start in life.