School food policies – this could be introducing a meat-free day or promoting water-only
Healthier breakfast club menus – swapping croissants for fruity yoghurt pots
Healthier after school club menus – introducing simple, delicious recipes
The programme uses a whole school approach, involving everyone across the school community - from parents and catering staff to school governors and students. We offer training and workshops for staff and parents to build the skills and confidence needed to offer healthy alternatives, whilst taking into account the school’s resources and budgets. Through engaging, hands-on sessions, we also work with students to hear their opinions and ideas, which inform policy changes, recipes and menu design.
Resources to help make your school a healthy zone:
Healthy Zones is part of a wider 10-year programme delivered by Impact on Urban Health and its partners to improve children’s health in urban areas. The programme aims to change the food environments in places where children and families spend their time: home, school, high streets and green spaces.
Impact on Urban Health is focusing its support in Lambeth and Southwark, areas of low income that are flooded with unhealthy food. Funding from AIM Foundation and Westminster Foundation has allowed the programme to extend to schools in Tower Hamlets and Westminster.
Research: what does it cost to produce healthy school meals?
Funding for school food in the UK has been allocated at different rates depending on factors such as schools’ settings, types, and locations. The current levels of funding are felt by many to be inadequate, but what level should funding be set at?
To help answer this, School Food Matters has commissioned research to determine what it really costs to produce delicious, nutritious and sustainable meals in English schools.
The research falls under our flagship Healthy Zones programme and will be conducted by Bremner and Co in partnership with Cohesion Consulting from February to July 2024. It will cover meals served in primary, secondary, special schools and alternative provision settings in England.
It will bring together partners from across the school food sector to gather evidence and build consensus on a recommended price for a school meal. Find out more here.
This is part of our Food policy work.
We believe that school food should be a consistent and non-partisan priority for government. We use our real-world experience of working in schools to strengthen our campaigns on children’s health, access to nutritious school meals and food education.