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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Helping you deliver the School Food Plan

SFP LogoAt SFM we believe that the arrival of Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) is day one of implementing the School Food Plan to ensure that school meals are tasty and nutritious and not just free!

September marks a new era for school food; free meals for infants, cooking on the curriculum and new school food standards. Help is on hand so that schools can make the most of these policy developments and throughout October the Children's Food Trust and LACA will be running regional workshops packed with hints and tips from the experts. Click here to book a workshop near you and remember to keep an eye on the School Food Plan website for more.

UIFSM in action!

UIFSM HTAt SFM we're back at our desks and delighted to start the new academic year with a free school meal! In Richmond, it was day one of Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) and we enjoyed lunch at Holy Trinity Primary School where meaty wholemeal pizza and cheese and bean tacos were well received. Last night we were proud to attend the official launch of UIFSM at Admiralty House and hear Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg talk passionately why this policy is so important. Follow us on Twitter and you'll find more pics of our lovely lunch!

Why free school meals matter

DexterTo remind us why Universal Infant Free School Meals is a good idea, read this article by Christopher Hope in the Telegraph. It highlights the social benefits of all children eating together, breaking down social barriers. In the pilot projects children demonstrated 'improved social skills at meal times' and the researchers saw 'a levelling effect'. Offering free meals reduced the 'socio-economic differences in the quallity of food eaten at lunchtime' as poorer children were no longer eating cheap packed lunches. So on to September!