School Food Review

We're making the case to government for a review of school food in England.

Dr Nick Capstick OBE appointed chair of School Food Review working group

The Covid pandemic has revealed a series of challenges with existing school food policy and implementation. It has highlighted: 

  • the reliance of disadvantaged children on free school meals when schools were closed
  • the challenges of delivering nutritious food through parcels and vouchers or the setting up of cash payments
  • the critical gaps in food provision during school holidays
  • the levels of food insecurity among households with children who are currently not eligible for free school meals
  • the strength of public concern about children’s access to good food
  • the limitations of school canteens in providing hot nutritious meals for all children.  

The wide range of responses to these challenges across the UK, and the engagement of schools, local authorities, community groups, volunteers and businesses, offers an important opportunity to capture learnings from the Covid crisis. 

Supported by Impact on Urban Health, the campaign for a government review of school food in England brings together leading practitioners and campaigners working to improve school food, and influential voices from the education sector to form the campaign’s working group.  

The work will be co-ordinated by School Food Matters, BiteBack2030 and Food Foundation, three charities currently working with Impact on Urban Health as part of the childhood obesity programme.  The working group will be chaired by Dr Nick Capstick OBE, Chief Executive of The White Horse Federation.

Our shared goal is to secure a commitment from Department for Education to undertake a comprehensive review of school food policy in England so that no child misses out on nutritious food at school.


You can help!

We’ll be calling on anyone with an interest in school food to gather case studies, data, research and views on the current school food system and how to make it the best it can be. You can help in the following ways:
  • School Food Survey

For those involved in the operational aspect of school food (school catering team, school caterers or local authority caterers) please select the School Food Catering Survey.
For all others with an interest in school food (pupils, parents, teachers, principals, school governors, local authority officers, civil society organisations or academic/researcher) please select School Food Survey.
Click here to go to the surveys.

Please complete the survey by Wednesday 21 July 2021
  • Share your research or case studies by uploading here
For more information, contact