Jane Hutt, the Minister responsible for equalities earlier visited a primary school to see the scheme in action and the multiple benefits that are being provided.
The Minister was at Willowbrook Primary in St Mellons where she was joined by pupils enjoying a free healthy breakfast.
Ms Hutt said:
“It was lovely to join the pupils of Willowbrook for breakfast and to see the difference this initiative is making to the lives of Welsh children and their families.
“Breakfast has long been recognised as the most important meal of the day and evidence shows that a healthy breakfast is linked to better health, concentration and behaviour in our schools.
“As well as this, the scheme provides a safe place for children to start their day enabling, in particular, mothers to return to work without the cost and worry of pre school day childcare.”
The Primary School Breakfast initiative was introduced in the Autumn of 2004 and the number of participating schools has grown steadily with 72% of Welsh primary Schools now taking part.
Finance Minister, Jane Hutt said:
“When I announced the Draft Budget in the Autumn, I did so with a view to maximising the resources available to support the priorities that matter to the people of Wales – economy, education and health. The breakfast scheme encompasses all of these as well as fostering equality issues.
“One of our major Budget commitments was to protect universal benefits, including free breakfasts. An extra £10m, will be spent on these important initiative contributing to a more equal society.
“There is no doubt that women face challenging years ahead. Budget decisions made by the UK Government, including cuts to benefits and allowances will have a direct impact on women and their families.
“The Welsh Government has already undertaken an Equality Impact Assessment of our Budget and we will continue to make equality in all its forms, including gender equality, one of our major priorities.”