The Secretary of State has set up the School Food Trust (SFT), put in place new nutritional standards, and is investing over £650 million to improve the quality of school food.
Since September 2006 all schools have had to meet food-based standards for school lunches and, since September 2007, they have also had to meet food-based standards for other school food such as tuck shops, vending and breakfast clubs.
Nutrient-based standards have been mandatory in primary schools since September 2008 and come into effect in secondary and special schools from September 2009.
Together with the Trust, we have created a network of school FEAST (Food Excellence and Skills Training) centres to offer customised and new training and qualifications for school caterers. The Trust has put in place a range of guidance, communications and marketing activities, and a network of local school food ambassadors to encourage and support schools to provide good quality school lunches.
The Trust’s Million Meals programme provides a range of resources and support to increase take up.