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Call for government to protect school meals in a no-deal Brexit

Children eating roast dinner

Join us in calling on Boris Johnson to guarantee healthy school meals for kids who need them here.

Food for Life are one of thirty children’s health and wellbeing organisations to sign an open letter, published in the Sunday Times, calling on the government to protect school meals in the event of a no-deal Brexit. 

For three million school children across the country, their free school meals are their main source of nutrition. But disruptions to the supply chain of fresh fruit and vegetables combined with rising food prices could mean that caterers are no longer able to provide a lunch that meets school food standards. 

Rob Percival, Head of Policy, Food and Health, who signed the letter, said, "It's likely that a no-deal Brexit would be a disaster for school meals and would pose a threat to the health of some of the most vulnerable in society.

"The Government must put contingency plans in place to ensure that in the event of major disruption to food supplies there are no negative impacts on child health. This means that the nutritional and quality standards for school food must be maintained.

"A ring-fenced budget should be made available to support schools and caterers to maintain the quality of school meals. This funding should be used to avoid the slippery slope wherein hot meals are replaced by cold meals, or fresh produce by tinned foods.

"For many children living in poverty, a hot and high-quality school meal is their only meal of the day. This vital nutritional safety net must not be sacrificed on the altar on a no-deal Brexit."

The open letter reads: 


Join us in calling on Boris Johnson to guarantee healthy school meals for kids who need them.

The open letter reads: