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04 August 2020

Last week part one of the first major review of our food system in 75 years was published, just days after the Governments Obesity Strategy. The independent lead for the strategy is Henry Dimbleby, who was the co-author for the Department for Educations 2013, School Food Plan. The plan outlines urgent recommendations that aim to support this country through the turbulence caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and to prepare for the end of the EU exit transition period on 31 December 2020. So what does this mean for schools?

One of the two key themes for the strategy focuses on supporting out most disadvantaged children to eat well and make they don't get left behind. The key recommendations that could affect school-aged children are below:

  • Expand eligibility for the Free School Meal scheme to include every child (up to the age of 16) from a household where the parent or guardian is in receipt of Universal Credit (or equivalent benefits).  
  • Extend the Holiday Activity and Food Programme to all areas in England, so that summer holiday support is available to all children in receipt of Free School Meals.

Part two will be published next year and will present a comprehensive plan to transform the food system. Read the plan in full or join the conversation.