This is the place you'll find news from schools, caterers and families and a list of the ways you can help feed vulnerable children during school closures. We will be sharing successes and challenges with DfE and City Hall along the way.

Read our weekly roundup of the extraordinary efforts of parents, schools, caterers and community groups to ensure that children were well fed during school closures.

National Free School Meals Voucher Scheme

The government’s national free school meal voucher scheme is live. Here are some key documents to help you access the scheme and some great resources to make the most of your allowance. 


Great activities for schools and parents during school closures

Here at SFM we know that many parents are struggling to find ways to keep children entertained during the current lock down. For teachers still at school with key-worker children, finding fun activities that fit around the curriculum can also be something of a challenge. So, to help you keep children happy and healthy, we've put together a list of fun, food-related activities to keep children busy - and teach them a bit more about the value of growing, cooking and eating good quality food along the way. 

Talking to Government

We’re sharing stories from schools with the Department for Education to help them shape the best possible response to this emergency and ensure that vulnerable families receive the good nutrition they need. 

As part of this process we put together a webinar for local authorities, caterers, schools and parent confused about the policy and process around free school meals. Over 300 people registered and were able put questions to our speakers, including the Department for Education. If you missed the webinar you can find it here.

Read our submission to the Education Committee's inquiry: The impact of COVID-19 on education and children’s services.

Read our letters to Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson below.

Children thank school food heroes

To say thank you to all of the school caterers, cooks and volunteers working tirelessly to feed students still at school over the Easter holidays, we gathered these lovely notes of appreciation from the children themselves. Enjoy!