Since its inception in 2010, School Food Matters has been an active member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on School Food chaired by Sharon Hodgson MP.
Owing to our successful campaigns in London schools, we are now able to influence government policy on school food.
As part of the response to the Childhood Obesity Plan (chapters 1 and 2) the UK Government proposed a Healthy Schools Rating Scheme (HSRS) which would be used to evaluate how schools are supporting children to keep themselves healthy.
In 2011, together with Jamie Oliver, Children's Food Campaign, LACA, Children's Food Trust and Food for Life, SFM asked supporters to lobby their MPs to sign EDM 54, calling for the mandatory school food standards to apply to all schools without exemption.
In 2012, SFM was proud to be invited to be part of the Expert Panel charged by the DfE to come up with the School Food Plan.
Since September 2014, school meals have been free to all infant school children. We need to work hard to safeguard this policy and demonstrate to government the benefits of making school meals free.