Funding boost for project in Peterborough aimed at highlighting the importance of breakfast for schoolchildren

Central England Co-operative has handed a £1,000 funding boost to a project which is helping children in Peterborough learn more about the most important meal of the day.

The grant from the Eastern Membership and Community Council (MCC) will support the Society’s ongoing work with Kids Country, the education arm of the East of England Agricultural Society, during National Breakfast Week, which runs from 21-25 January 2019.

Volunteers from the retailer will deliver Healthy Choices workshops to over 700 schoolchildren in the Peterborough area during the week, teaching youngsters about the journey their breakfast takes from farm to fork, and to understand more about the most important meal of the day through a wide range of hands-on activities.

Member and Community Relations Officer Kym Hunt said: “We are delighted to once again be supporting Kids Country and National Breakfast Week following the success of the partnership in previous years in raising awareness of the health and nutritional benefits of breakfast.

“This fits in perfectly with The Co-operative and its long tradition of giving back to the community. “We welcome the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives and education of local children and our Healthy Choices workshops have proven to be really informative and rewarding for those children who have taken part.”

The Eastern Membership and Community Council is also delighted to be supporting the charity CARESCO before Christmas with a grant which will fund their annual Christmas lunch for disadvantaged people in Sawtry who otherwise may have spent the day alone.

The Eastern Membership and Community Council is made up of Co-op members who are passionate about their community and want to make a difference within it. Each council is given funding and support by the Society to organise activities and events.

People can find out more about the work of the MCC by visiting


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Picture caption: Kym Hunt delivering a Healthy Choices workshop to schoolchildren during a previous National Breakfast Week.

About Central England Co-operative

Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK. 

It is a modern, forward-looking organisation employing over 8,000 staff, with the Society’s principal areas of activity being food, funeral services, travel shops, and property investment.

Central England Co-operative has over 400 trading outlets across 16 counties including; West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.  The Society has an ambitious food store development programme for 2018.

Central England Co-operative is proud of its reputation for ethical business practices and corporate responsibility.  It is a member of Business in the Community, the membership organisation that stands for responsible business, and has also won many business awards for excellence.  The Society supports a number of charities including Dementia UK and invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities.

Becoming a member of Central England Co-operative offers a whole host of benefits ranging from collecting points every time you spend in store to earn a share of the profits, access to members activities and community initiatives including the Community Dividend Fund, which hands out grants of up to £5,000 to charities and good causes across the Society’s trading estate.

Find out how to become a Central England Co-operative member by calling 0800 0501 601, emailing or visiting

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James Brindle at Central England Co-operative on 01543 421426

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