Local authorities

In 2010, we started work with LB Richmond to transform school food in 40 primary schools, successfully moving the service from frozen food to freshly prepared meals in every school.

Lessons learned from the Richmond campaign can be shared with any local authority.

"School Food Matters were a very valuable part of the working group."
- Matthew Paul, Chair, School Meals Working Party LBRuT

As a result of our campaign in Richmond, food now meets the Food for Life Gold standards, school food take-up has doubled and the meal price is still below what it was in 2010! To understand the steps taken to bring about this transformation, please read our independent evaluation of the Richmond campaign. Parents and children are key to the process and we have helped local authorities with parent engagement and pupil voice workshops.

We can help:

  • Work with you on creating better catering standards for your next catering contract.
  • Bring various groups together to form effective school meal working parties in your LA.
  • Find examples of great school meal services to inspire you.
  • Engage parents and children so that they can help shape your school meal service.

"We commissioned SFM to devise and deliver a parent survey so we could find out what parents want from the school meal service. The data gathered was most illuminating and the survey an invaluable contribution to the procurement process."
- Amandeep Gill, Achieving for Children