Events Children's Food Campaign

Building back healthier and fairer - is it time for universal school meals?

Webinar Tuesday 29 June 2021 15:00 16:30

In response to Covid-19, could an expansion to universal free school meals deliver a win-win for healthier food and food security for our children? Watch the recording of our recent webinar and debate.

This webinar was brought to you by: Children's Food Campaign, Sustainable Food Places, School Food Matters, Bite Back 2030, Food Foundation, Chefs in Schools, Soil Association Food for Life, Child Poverty Action Group, Food Power in partnership with the London Boroughs of Newham, Tower Hamlets, Southwark and Islington.

Chaired by Raksha Mistry, Soil Association Food for Life Programme Manager in Leicestershire and Sustain Trustee, participants heard from:

  • Christina Adane, Co-Chair of Bite Back 2030's youth board on young people's own experience of free school meals 
  • Beth, Young Food Ambassador in North Wales, Children's Right2Food Campaign, Food Foundation
  • Reema Reid, Head teacher, Hollydale Primary School, London Borough of Southwark
  • Andy Gold, London Borough of Newham, on the benefits and challenges of their universal primary school meals service
  • Laura Meikle, Head of Support & Wellbeing Unit, Scottish Government on the new commitment to universal primary breakfast and lunch and 365 day a year support
  • Angus Holford, ISER, University of Essex, on their evaluation of the Universal Infant Free School Meal programme in England.

And from many other participants from schools, local authorities, organisations across the UK! Join in the debate!

Download the webinar presentation

Published Tuesday 29 June 2021

Children's Food Campaign: Better food and food teaching for children in schools, and protection of children from junk food marketing are the aims of Sustain's high-profile Children's Food Campaign. We also want clear food labelling that can be understood by everyone, including children.

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