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School dinners meeting Mid Day Supervisors


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Big picture stuff about kids diet as background to improving our food culture at school

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School dinners meeting Mid Day Supervisors

  1. 1. School dinners Jackie Schneider
  2. 2. History of school dinners Concern over poor physical condition of the recruits during the Boer War This led to Royal Commission on Physical Deterioration. Education Act 1906 gave LEAs power to provide free school meals.
  3. 3. 1944 Butler ActAll schools to provide milk and school mealsthe price of the meal was not allowed toexceed cost of ingredientsintroduced nutritional standardsestablished that the lunch had to be suitableas the main meal of the day
  4. 4. 1980 Education ActSchools no longer HAD to provide meals -except FSMgot rid of nutritional standardschanged entitilement to free school meals
  5. 5. Terrible deterioration in standards and uptake
  6. 6. Jamie Oliver – “ feed me better” campaign.
  7. 7. Government established School Food Trust. Introduction of mandatory standards
  8. 8. Out Goes .....crispsconfectionerysweetened drinksmechanicallyrecovered meat
  9. 9. In comes.....limits on fried food every school dinner should containfish every 3 weeks minimum of 2 portions of fruit andfresh fruit,vegetables veg& salads on a dailybasis
  10. 10. New improved lunches!
  11. 11. But why does any of this matter?
  12. 12. Children’s current eating habits 92% of kids eat too much saturated fat 86% too much sugar 96% do not eat 5 portions of fruit and veg 20% eat no fruit and veg
  13. 13. By 2050 it is predicted that 55% of boys and 70% of girls could be overweight or obese
  14. 14. What would a perfectlunch time at St Teresa’s look like? for the kids? for the staff? for the parents? for YOU!
  15. 15. Food isn’t just fuel!cultural implicationssharinglooking after each otherreinforcing relationshipsteaching time to educate kids aboutmanners, nutrition, good conversation etc
  16. 16. What are some of the barriers?
  17. 17. There are different modelsJapan - eat in classFinland - free meals, no choicePrivate schools - staff and pupils eattogether in dining roomfamily style serviceeating during curriculum time
  18. 18. What you do is incredibly important.It may feel thankless at times but looking after our most preciousresource, (ie our kids) and nuturing them so they can grow strong andhealthy should be a top priority for any society. Thank you!