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School Meals

Volume 493: debated on Thursday 4 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to ensure that school pupils eat healthy meals at school lunchtimes. (278034)

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.