By Leah Conway –
Huddersfield Town striker Jordan Rhodes made a surprise visit to Orchard Primary Academy’s breakfast club.
The school is based in Chickenley, Dewsbury. It is one of 41 Kirklees schools that have a Breakfast Club supported by the football club’s registered charity – The Town Foundation.
The breakfast clubs are free of charge and was launched back in 2021. They have served well over two million meals over the years. The clubs also provide a safe social space, allowing children to have fun before the school day starts.
During his visit, Jordan played games and chatted to children from across the school years and signed autographs.
University of Sheffield researchers revealed a shocking 12.02% of adults in Kirklees were worried about having enough food. They found such figures using food poverty figures collected by the Food Foundation. The Town Foundation, alongside other local charities, aim to battle this challenge across the borough and inspire change.
In addition to the 41 successful Breakfast Clubs, the charity works closely with the Salvation Army in Mirfield. It has also accessed funding from the One Community Foundation to provide food parcels throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
These have been distributed to 270 families identified as being most in need by the Foundation’s partner schools – including families of Orchard Primary Academy.
How can you support the Town Foundation?
Along with drawing on funds and grants, the foundation’s good work is boosted by any match day supporters donating at the collection points dotted around John Smith’s Stadium. The collection points support other local charities such as Huddersfield Welcome Centre and Batley Food Bank
You can also support the Breakfast Club programme directly by purchasing a £5 voucher from the HTAFC Megastore online or in person at the stadium store.