We work with partners on research to inform crucial school food policy changes. These are the projects we're working on:

Understanding the cost of a nutritious, sustainable school meal

As part of our flagship Healthy Zones programme, School Food Matters has commissioned Bremner and Co, in partnership with Cohesion Consulting, to conduct a research project to determine what it costs to produce delicious, nutritious and sustainable meals in primary, secondary, special schools and alternative provision settings in England.     

Between February and July 2024, the project will bring together partners from across the school food sector to gather evidence and build consensus on a recommended price for a school meal.  

This work has been made possible through the generous support of Impact on Urban Health.  

You can find out more about this work here

Supporting schools to become Healthy Zones – understanding ‘what works’

Healthy Zones is a five-year programme that supports schools to create a food environment that puts young people's health centre stage, making the healthy choice, the easy choice. 

School Food Matters has commissioned our evaluation partners ICF and PHN to deliver a longitudinal evaluation of Healthy Zones across four boroughs, to understand what works in creating and sustaining positive changes in schools.   

You can find a summary of our midpoint findings here.

Other research

School Food Matters is an ideal research partner – we bring a wealth of schools-based expertise, considerable in-house research skills, and access to an extensive (and growing) network of schools across England.  

If you think that your research project could benefit from our involvement, please get in touch with our Impact and Strategy Manager, at