Our work with the Greggs Foundation
The Greggs Foundation was created in 1987 with an endowment from the then Chairman Ian Gregg with the intention of helping people in the immediate area. This investment continues to help people in the North East via the Hardship Fund, as well as by contributing to the core running costs of small organisations that serve the area through the North East Core Funding programme.
However, today, a significant proportion of Greggs Foundation's income comes from an annual donation from the Company of at least one per cent of the previous year's pre-tax profits, as well as the generosity of our employees and customers. In 2015 fundraising in our shops and bakeries totalled £520,370, including £100,000 raised from the sale of our 'Jammy Heart' Foundation biscuit. In 2015 all funds raised by the new carrier bag levy were also donated to the Foundation.
This enabled the Greggs Foundation to distribute a total of £1.8 million in support of a wide range of local community initiatives in 2015, including the Breakfast Club programme (see below) and £718,000 through local community grants. Now in its 29th year, the Foundation has given in excess of £20 million to support our local communities.
One of the main beneficiaries of the Foundation's donations is the Breakfast Club programme which provides primary school children in disadvantaged areas with a wholesome breakfast, free of charge. WE know that eating breakfast provides a good start to the day helping children to concentrate and learn at school. In this way, the Breakfast Clubs help to give children a good start in life.
In 2015, the Breakfast Clubs supplied four million wholesome breakfasts free of charge to children in 363 primary schools around the UK. Each Breakfast Club receives free bread from its local Greggs shop. The Foundation provides a cash grant towards running costs at 161 schools. Partnership work has been central to the growth of Breakfast Clubs and an additional 202 clubs are supported by fundraising and Greggs' partners. For a list of partner organisations please see the Greggs Foundation's website: www.greggsfoundation.org.uk