Response to C4 Dispatches 'The School Dinner Scandal'

10 September 2012 - Following the broadcast of this evening’s Channel 4 Dispatches - ‘The School Dinner Scandal’, Food for Life Partnership’s School Meal Policy Advisor Jeanette Orrey, MBE said:

“Whilst there has been investment and positive change in school food over the last ten years, the programme has highlighted that there remains a huge variance in standards. Further improvements must be made to ensure that access to fresh, nutritious and healthy food is universally available.

“It briefly showed what is possible by featuring a school in North Somerset, who are providing children with high quality, locally sourced meals. These meals are provided by Edwards & Ward, an FFL Gold Catering Mark endorsed caterer.

“There are many more outstanding examples of good practice being led by individual local authorities, schools and school caterers. This is demonstrated by the adoption of the Food for Life Partnership programme by over 4,300 schools in England, with one in five schools in England serving Food for Life Catering Mark endorsed meals.

“Significantly more support is required for successful initiatives, like the Food for Life Partnership, who are already actively improving children’s learning and health chances by increasing uptake and improving the quality of school meals through transformation of food culture.

 “We believe these inequalities can only be fully addressed by the implementation of a national framework by the government, based on a school led, self-sustaining model for good school food.”


If you'd like to transform your school's food culture, it is free to enroll on Food for Life Partnership programme. Find out more about how you can get involved here or by calling our team on 0117 314 5180.


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