Government’s food strategy: Missed opportunity to expand free school meals

15 June 2022
The government has published its white paper response to the National Food Strategy Plan. 

Henry Dimbleby’s National Food Strategy: The Plan contained a wealth of progressive recommendations for the government to improve the food system’s impact on the health of people and planet. The government has spent almost a year writing its response and today the paper has been received with disappointment.

Responding to the white paper, Founder and Chief Executive of School Food Matters Stephanie Slater, said: 

“The government’s response is disappointing as it fails to address many of the issues we are seeing in schools. While commitments to improve food education are reiterated, these are nothing new. Failing to take this opportunity to expand free school meals in the middle of a cost of living crisis is out of touch with the reality for so many families. I urge the government to reconsider Dimbleby’s proposals in full, and make the ambitious changes needed to safeguard our children’s health and future environment.”