Students who arrive at school without any lunch will be offered free meals as the state government expands its school breakfast program.
Across Western Victoria this now includes Ararat West Primary, Warrenheip Primary, Beaufort Secondary, Mount Clear College, and Mount Rowan Secondary.
Once open, the new Lucas Primary School will also join the program.
Minister for Education James Merlino says the program will be offered to students who don't have any food to bring to school, and will be done in private to ensure the students aren't stigmatised.
"This is the sad reality, not every child has food in the fridge, books on the shelf, or conversation around the table," said Mr Merlino.
"Now, having lunches will make it easier forNow, having lunches will make it easier forchildren who may not be able to bring food to school."
Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle says she knows first hand how important the breakfast program is to local students.
“As a volunteer at Sebastopol Primary’s school brekky club, I know what a difference this is making. As we all know, kids can’t concentrate if they’re hungry, and this program’s expansion means more students will get the two meals they need.”
Schools that currently host the School Breakfast Clubs Program, including Sebastopol Primary, will start serving lunches at school from term 3 this year.
Image via Warrenheip Primary School.