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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Obesity Strategy

imgresOur friends at Children's Food Trust have just published recommendations for government ahead of the forthcoming childhood obesity strategy. The recommendations include mandatory school food standards across all schools, robust evaluation of the Universal Infant Free School Meals policy and continued investment in school kitchens and dining rooms - sound familiar? The report, which follows the child from home, through early years to school and in the wider world, echoes the thoughts of Jamie Oliver, Children's Food Campaign, Food for Life and most recently Public Health England, creating one loud voice in support of children's health. You can read it here.

Hurrah for UIFSM!

BreakfastHere's another reason we should celebrate George Osborne's pledge (start listening at 49 mins) this week to keep Universal Infant Free School Meals. A study published by public health experts at Cardiff University shows a clear link between what children eat and how well they do at school. The study looked at 5000 9-11 year olds in 100 schools in Wales to examine the link between breakfast and attainment. Social scientists say the research offers the strongest evidence yet of a meaningful link between dietary behaviours and concrete measures of academic attainment. You can read more here.

Harvest Heroes finalists

sfp-news-bffBritish Food Fortnight's 2015 Harvest Heroes competition wrapped up last week with SFM being announced as finalists! Our Young Marketeers and Schools to Market projects recieved honorable mentions for the role they played in strengthening the local community and educating people about British food and eating locally. Read more about the winners and finalists here.