Welcome to School Food Matters

The School Food Matters website is for anyone who cares about school food and food education. Here you will find evidence of why school food matters, great examples of best practice and fun ideas to get children cooking and growing and out onto a farm.  

Sign up for our newsletter to stay in touch with our campaigns and food education projects and read the independent evaluation of our schools meals campaign in Richmond; Executive Summary or Full Report.

Are you prepared for new information on food allergens?

FSA Master FoodFrom 13 December 2014, a new piece of European legislation, called the Food Information for Consumers Regulation (EU FIC), will apply. It will change the way allergen information appears on labels and on food that is pre‑packed, sold loose or served when you are eating out. The regulation applies to school food too. This is good news as these changes will provide allergen information in a clearer and more consistent way, allowing parents and children to feel confident about choosing a school meal. 

Click here to find out more information about the new rules and to access resources for your caterer, your parents and your dining room. 

The link between health and well-being and attainment

imagesIn the week when we've been urging Ofsted to value school food, Public Health England has published a briefing for heads, governors and school staff which summarises the key evidence of the link between health and wellbeing and educational attainment. The briefing underlines the value for schools of promoting health and wellbeing as an integral part of a school effectiveness strategy and highlights the important contrbution of a 'whole school approach to healthy school meals.' Let's hope the good folk at Ofsted have read this too!

What's happening in California?

Thank you to our trustee Frances Harris for directing us to the work of the Center for Ecoliteracy in the US. We particularly like their Rethink School Lunch programme and this film called Making the Case. We hope you enjoy it too.