We are double award winners!

We are double award winners!
17 September 2021
School Food Matters has won big at The Third Sector Awards.
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This afternoon saw the annual Third Sector Awards ceremony, celebrating the achievements of individuals, teams and organisations working not for profit.

School Food Matters was nominated in two categories:

  • Charity Partnership of the Year, with Impact on Urban Health and Chefs in Schools, for our Breakfast Boxes campaign, and
  • Big Impact Award, alongside fellow members of the End Child Food Poverty Coalition.

We are pleased to announce that we have won BOTH awards!

These awards acknowledge the humungous efforts of families, schools, volunteers, staff and partner organisations in delivering the best for our children. Indeed, it is only through partnership working that either project has been possible. Many thanks to everybody involved, and a huge well done to our fellow nominees.

The Breakfast Boxes campaign saw us deliver over one million breakfasts to children in Lambeth and Southwark at risk of food insecurity during the pandemic. We also partnered with Chefs in Schools to distribute nearly a quarter of a million lunches. All of this work was made possible by support from Impact on Urban Health. We’d like to thank Abel & Cole for donating nearly three tonnes of extra organic fruit in the summer.

The End Child Food Poverty Coalition formed in 2020, combining research, advocacy, campaigning, parliamentary work and a legal challenge from organisations across the food sector. The work, spearheaded by Marcus Rashford, saw the most vulnerable children continue to receive meals throughout lockdowns and holidays.

In September 2020 the campaign saw big wins with the Government implementing two of the three recommendations from the National Food Strategy: Part One: expanding holiday provision and increasing the value of Healthy Start. However, we are still waiting for action on the extension of eligibility for free school meals. The campaign continues as we ask you to #WriteNow to your MP, asking them to support the National Food Strategy recommendations and #EndChildFoodPoverty.

Both campaigns began during the pandemic as it exposed many cracks within the school food system. But none of these problems are new. The time to address them, and ensure our children have access to the nutritious, enjoyable food they deserve, is now. This is why we are calling on the Government to implement the National Food Strategy recommendations, and in doing so undertake a comprehensive review of school food policy.