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.  

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Some tasty numbers

WKF LogoWe've now counted the cash, tidied our tables and wiped the jam from our aprons and can report some pretty tasty numbers from our Schools to Market Day 2014. This programme, funded by Whole Kids Foundation, involved six months of hard graft by children at 32 schools across England and Market Day was the culmination of all that effort. Here are the headlines:

  • 161 young marketers were to be found at Whole Foods Market stores on Market Day
  •  the majority sold out of their jams and chutneys in 1.5 hours
  • The highest amount taken by one school was £200 by St Richard's CE Primary from Ham
  • The store with the highest takings was Richmond with an impressive £562
  • St Thomas More Primary win the cute prize for coming along with some tiny tots and 5 jars of jam and still made £10!

And there's more fun to come. Whole Foods Giffnock will host four local schools for Market Day on Wednesday 5 November.

Countdown to Schools to Market 2014

Market DayIt's nearly time for children across England to set up shop at their local Whole Foods Market. On Wednesday 22 October children from 32 schools will bring their jams, chutneys and sauces to market after five months of hard work growing, harvesting, cooking, pricing and labelling. Please come along and support these young entrepreneurs. The Schools to Market programme will be at the following Whole Foods Market stores: Clapham Junction, Fulham Broadway, Piccadilly Circus, High Street Kensington, Camden, Stoke Newington, Richmond and Cheltenham. More details here.

How is your borough faring on food?

GoodFoodForLondon2014The Good Food for London report, produced by our friends at Sustain, is here! This is the moment when London boroughs can see how they are faring in relation to food leadership and the provision of healthy and sustainable food. You can find a handy league table here to see instantly how your borough is performing. The full report is packed full of useful tips on how boroughs can improve, and maybe even challenge LB Islington for the top spot! The three new measures of London Living Wage, Baby Friendly and Food Partnerships has seen our very own LB Richmond slide down the rankings, but what a great opportunity to start planning for 2015.