CHILDREN in Yoker will have access to healthy food during the Easter school break after details were unveiled of a holiday breakfast club to be run across Glasgow next month.

The Scottish Pantry Network (SPN), in partnership with Glasgow City Council, Failte Foods and Farmfoods, is launching holiday breakfast clubs in locations across the city, including Yoker, this Thursday, April 1.

The North-West Community Pantry in Dumbarton Road is one of six members of the SPN in Glasgow.

It was set up to provide relief for those in need by providing access to key support including money advice, credit unions, housing, health, employment, training as well as fresh produce.

The organisation also helps the environment by reducing food waste locally and nationally.

Councillor Mandy Morgan, chairwoman of the SPN, said: “We thought a breakfast pack would be a good offering as most other food providers are concentrating on lunches and breakfast cereal is expensive.

“If your children are anything like mine, they don’t only eat cereal for breakfast but also as a snack.”

The breakfast pack will contain a box of cereal and a two-litre bottle of milk worth around £3.80. This will mean that during the holidays families will save an average £16.30 per week.

In addition to the 9,142 meal portions the pantries are already distributing weekly, the breakfast pack will provide a further 15,500 meal portions, meaning that over the three weeks the Scottish Pantry Network will have provided 42,926 meals direct to families.

John Sherry, head of financial inclusion and transformation at Glasgow City Council, said: “We know food poverty affects a great number of families, even more so now as a result of the pandemic, and we have been working closely with the pantries to address food needs in the city.

“Providing some much-needed funding to the Scottish Pantry Network will help families access more food at less cost.”

The North-West Community Pantry received £87,367 last month from Glasgow’s share of the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Fund to open up a thrift store at 2344 Dumbarton Road.