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School food in England


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School food in England

  1. 1. School Dinners in the UK.Jackie SchneiderChildren’s Food Campaign<br />
  2. 2. The history of school dinners<br />Concerns over the poor physical condition of recruits during the Boer war<br />Led to royal commission on Physical Deterioration<br />Education Act of 1906 gave all LEA’s the power to provide free meals for children who needed them<br />
  3. 3. 1944 Butler Act<br />Laid a duty on all primary and secondary schools to provide school meals and milk<br />Specified the price of the meal could not exceed cost of ingredients<br />Established that the lunch had to be suitable as main meal of the day<br />Introduced nutritional standards<br />
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  5. 5. 1980 Education Act <br />Removed obligations on LEA’s to provide school lunches, (except FSM)<br />Removed obligation for meals to be sold at fixed price<br />Eliminated requirement for the lunches to meet nutritional standards<br />Changed entitlement to free school lunches<br />
  6. 6. Terrible deterioration in standards and uptake<br />
  7. 7. Jamie Oliver – “ feed me better” campaign.<br />
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  10. 10. Government established <br />To:<br /><ul><li>Ensure all schools meet the food based and nutrient based standards for lunch and non-lunch food
  11. 11. Increase the take-up of school meals.
  12. 12. Reduce diet-related inequalities in childhood through food education and school based initiatives.
  13. 13. Improve food skills through food education, and school and community initiatives.</li></li></ul><li>Introduction of mandatory school food standards<br />Out goes<br />Crisps<br />Confectionery<br />Sweetened drinks<br />Mechanically recovered meats<br />In comes<br />Limits on amount of fried foods<br />Fish every 3 weeks<br />Fresh fruit<br />Vegetables<br />Salads<br />
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  15. 15. New government<br />The health secretary, Andrew Lansley, has questioned whether Jamie Oliver’s improvements have failed<br />Waiting for education minister to announce plans<br />October spending review will be key<br />
  16. 16. Poor food culture<br />One in four British households no longer has a table to eat around<br />One out of every three Britons say they do not eat vegetables because they require too much effort to prepare<br />Britain eats over half of all the crisps eaten in Europe and more ready meals than the rest of Europe put together<br />“Bad food Britain” by Joanna Blythman<br />
  17. 17. New improved lunches!<br />
  18. 18. Free school meals for all?<br />Key to improving children’s eating habits<br />Reduces health inequalities and helps low income families<br />Removes the poverty trap<br />Supports the rural economy<br />Backed by medical bodies, unions, parent groups and health campaigners<br />
  19. 19. Thank you!<br />