Project information

Save our School Food Standards

A campaign to stop the erosion of the school meal standards. Academies and free schools opened since September 2010 are not required to adhere to the mandatory standards for school food. These standards are a vital mechanism to ensure the health and well-being of school children.

One year

Charity information: School Food Matters

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  • Need

    Need

    Academies and free schools opened since September 2010 are no longer required to adhere to the mandatory standards for school food. Mandatory school meal standards have proved to be a vital mechanism to ensure the health and well-being of school children.

    We want academies and free schools to adhere to the standards for school food so that the one million children now attending these schools can benefit from this commitment to their health and well-being.

    Solution

    We are calling on the Secretary of State to amend the Education (Nutritional Standards and Requirements for School Food) (England) Regulations 2007 to require academies and free schools to adhere to the standards for school food.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To ensure that Education Regulations 2007 are amended to require all schools to adhere to standards.

    Activities

    » Provide a call to action at our website www.sosfood.org.uk where supporters can lobby their MP to sign EDM 2854.
    » Provide updates to supporters via Twitter #sosfood.
    » Partner with Jamie Oliver Foundation, Children's Food Campaign, LACA and Food for Life Partnership to show united and professional support.

    Success will be when the Education Regulations 2007 are amended.


  • Impact

    Impact

    The success of mandatory school food standards has been well-documented by the School Food Trust and others. By making the standards mandatory in all schools we will continue to improve the health outcomes for young people by changing perceptions of healthy food and influencing behaviour outside school. We will ensure that junk food is kept out of school canteens and that levels of salt, fat and sugar are monitored. Caterers will continue delivering healthy food rather than the cheapest food.

    Risk

    None! This project is cost-neutral to the government and the schools are already familiar with, and have been adhering to, school food standards.

    Reporting

    Through our campaign website www.sosfood.org.uk and via Twitter #sosfood. Funders will receive a personalised reports should they wish to be updated more fully.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £9,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 Project Management Project management including all overheads and admin
      £2,500 Campaign Materials Design and Printing of campaign materials
      £2,000 Event Hold an event for supporters
  • Background

    Location

    Our project will be based in London but will have a national reach.

    Beneficiaries

    All children at school in England will benefit from a government commitment to their health and well-being. School cooks and caterers will benefit as they continue to serve healthy food rather than the cheapest food. The NHS, and therefore the taxpayer, will benefit from this health intervention in the face of childhood obesity and the cost of food related illnesses. Parents will benefit from this move to safeguard their children against junk food.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    School Food Matters has successfully campaigned locally to transform school food provision in two London boroughs. Our partners Sustain and LACA are seasoned campaigners and with Jamie Oliver as the face of the campaign we will ensure media attention.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Stephanie Wood

    Founder/Director:: an effective, passionate and well-connected campaigner who is tireless in her mission to a deliver the project's aims.

    Charlie Powell

    Campaign's Director,Sustain; over 10 years as a charity campaigner, Charlie has also worked in the private sector. He has a masters in human nutrition

    Jamie Oliver

    Spokesperson; Jamie support the project as spokesperson ensuring massive media attention.

    Lynda Mitchell

    Chair, LACA will support the project through this professional membership organisation representing school caterers.