It is 8.45am and a line of hungry children eagerly await breakfast outside a classroom at Hazelbury primary school in Edmonton.
Moments later a handful burst in, running over to a table adorned with cereals, bagels, spreads, milk and juice. A few grab cheeky mouthfuls as they pose for pictures, before dashing off to finish a satisfying, healthy breakfast.Awww, bless! Poor likkle starvelings...
This is a familiar scene for Carmel McConnell, founder of The Magic Breakfast, a charity that delivers morning meals to children who would otherwise go without.Really? Well, what do these deprived scraps have to say to the nice reporter about this?
A nine-year-old girl, tucking in to a bagel, says: “At home I don’t get time to eat breakfast. Having breakfast here means I have the energy to get me through the day and to learn.”Wait, you don't have time..? I thought you didn't have food at home?
Asia, also nine, adds: “It’s so much better for you to have something good for you.”What, you mean mum dishes up a pop tart fresh from the microwave, and you'd prefer a bagel?
I get the feeling these kids aren't deprived of food so much as proper parenting...
When asked how much she thought it would cost to eradicate child hunger in the mornings nationally by 2020, Ms McConnell predicts £13 million to £18 million a year. “The big thing we need, quite simply, is cash,” she says.
But is it not the responsibility of the Government to support them?No. It's the responsibility of the parents that brought them into this world.
Glad I could clear that up.