However, the new contract’s terms differ to those of the NSBP. Magic Breakfast has observed that the DfE’s plans will support 2,500 schools, falling short of the 8,700 in disadvantaged areas that would have been supported by the School Breakfast Bill. Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, Kate Green MP, referred to the announcement as a ‘pitiful response’ to the call for universal breakfast clubs.
The importance of school breakfasts during the pandemic has provided yet more evidence of how much school food matters. Uncertainty around the provision of school food interventions only adds to the pressures school leaders and families face in caring for the most vulnerable children. In order to ensure joined-up, consistent provision, we want the Government to undertake a full review of school food.
This is part of our Food provision work.
We want every child to have access to nutritious food so that they are well-nourished and ready to learn. That’s why we work with school caterers, headteachers and families to get the best possible food service across the whole school day.