Tuesday, 2 June 2009

I started the day with my colleague Rosie Molinari who leads our work on school food and drink...

Rosie and her colleagues have researched attitudes to school meals and talked to young people, headteachers and providers. They have developed a policy framework to improve and develop school food and drink, including packed lunches. They have developed training and support for school based colleagues to ensure that the quality of school food and drink continues to improve. However, we need to do more.

Rosie and I passionately believe it is vitally important what our children eat. We currently have one of the lowest take-ups of free school meals regionally and nationally and we need schools to understand that school food and drink impacts on outcomes as well as health and well-being particularly for those young people on free school meals.

Rosie and I are clear that we all need to do more work to ensure that school food and drink is value for money, attractive and high quality.

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