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Schools need more than words from the Government

Schools have been asked to explain their plans for ensuring there is enough food in case of a no-deal Brexit, in a letter sent out this week by DfE.

The education minister has urged schools, councils and academy chains to contact suppliers directly to ensure they will be able to continue providing food if Britain leaves the EU on 31 October without a deal. 

Food for Life are calling on the government to protect school meals in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Rob Percival, Head of Policy, Food and Health, said, “Schools need more than words from Government. In the event of a No Deal Brexit, the onus of responsibility should not fall only on schools and caterers to ensure a secure supply of food. 

“A senior individual within Government should be made responsible for planning and responding in the event of major disruption food supplies, and for ensuring there are no negative impacts on the health of vulnerable groups, including school children.

“A ring-fenced budget should be made available to support caterers and schools to ensure that there is no reduction in the quality or nutrition of meals served. For many children, a hot school meal is the only decent meal they eat each day. This vital safety-net must not be undermined.”

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