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Job opportunities

Freelance Grants Officer (short-term)

Applications must be submitted by midnight on Sunday 31 December 2023.

Interviews will be held at our offices at The Bridge, 7b Parkshot, London TW9 2RD on Tuesday 9 January 2024.


School Food Matters is commissioning research into what it costs to produce delicious, nutritious and sustainable lunches in primary, secondary, and special schools in England. 

This work will draw from a sample of schools already serving healthy, sustainable food to understand the various factors which have made excellent delivery possible. It will explore how variation in pupil numbers and contract structure impacts on the cost per meal. It will also identify the cost implication of other factors such as access to training and equipment, regional living wage rates, etc. to determine a nationally relevant ‘cost’.

We are seeking a consultant with hands-on experience in providing school catering services to coordinate and lead this work.   

If you’re interested, please review the specification here for more details.

Bids should be sent to Eve Blair, Impact and Strategy Manager, by 15 December:


School Food Matters relies on the work of volunteers. The contribution of volunteers is always valuable to our small charity.

Opportunities to help with food education projects can involve helping our gardeners, chefs and project officers in schools, and supporting our team at market days and events. These opportunities are a great way to explore our work and get hands-on experience of running sessions with children in schools.

Administrative tasks can include research or support with our project work. Previous volunteers have researched and written content for our website, set up office systems and helped to develop our social media strategy.

The work could be at schools around London or at our offices in SW London. We will pay your expenses up to a maximum of £11 for travel and £5 for food. Your expenses will be reimbursed when you complete an expenses form and produce receipts.

School Food Matters is only able to take on volunteers who are entitled to work in the UK and cannot assist with work permits or immigration issues. As part of the volunteer recruitment process, we ask you to complete an application form and provide references.

School Food Matters is committed to making new opportunities available to a wide range of volunteers to promote diversity and equality of opportunity. We want to attract people from all backgrounds as this helps us to create a more complete workplace to better reflect the diverse communities we serve.

If you are interested in volunteering please read our Volunteer PolicyCharity Charter and complete the application form here.