The House of Lords has passed a motion regretting proposed Government changes in eligibility rules for Free School Meals under Universal Credit, and called for a full poverty impact assessment before anything is implemented.
Tower Hamlets launched its SUGAR SMART campaign at the Big Half Marathon on 4 March, announcing action towards reducing sugar across the borough and helping people live healthier lives.
9 in 10 members of the Children's Food Campaign Parents' Jury members say they support Free School Meals for all school-age children living in households in poverty, as Parliament is set for crucial debate.
A major report from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity argues that framing obesity as an issue of individual willpower overlooks the overwhelming evidence from behavioural science on how environments influence people’s decision-making.
Bristol is set to get inspired about food as a new programme “Teaching a City to Cook” launches alongside a competition to find the city’s Young Cook of the Year. SUGAR SMART Bristol, local chefs and others team up to get the city's next generation cooking.
North Lanarkshire Council is planning to provide free meals to low income families 365 days a year. This is part of efforts to tackle 'holiday hunger'. The council will pilot the initiative over the Easter holidays and could then extend into the summer holidays.
Capital Growth, London's food growing network, has launched a new scheme to help pupils learn science, maths, and more about the environment through growing food.
The Government has announced it will introduce an earnings threshold for eligibility for Free School Meals under Universal Credit, restricting eligibility to families with net earning below £7,400.
The initiative launched at Carlisle College on 19 January, bringing together Carlisle & Cumbria's public health leads, school children and young people pledging to work together to tackle the health crisis brought on by too much sugar.
The latest London borough to join SUGAR SMART launched its sugar reduction campaign at Urswick Secondary School, which has transformed its food culture for the sake of students' health.
SUGAR SMART campaigners joined forces with Waltham Forest Public Health Team to hand out toothbrushes and healthy eating info to families near the Coca-Cola truck’s first stop in London. The team also delivered a letter to Asda management asking them to stop supporting unhealthy marketing practices and to put limits to how Coca-Cola promotes its products.
The European soft drinks industry has voluntarily pledged to stop making sugary drinks available to secondary school students in the EU. This would affect 40 million young people in 50,000 secondary schools across 28 countries.
All children in New York City public schools now have access to free school lunches. Last year 75% of students were eligible for free lunches. This year Free School Lunch for All will provide meals for over 200,000 students.
20 budding young growers from five schools took part in Capital Growth’s School Marketplace at City Hall on 13th October 2017. The event gives London schools the opportunity to sell their produce, preserves, and other school garden goodies.
As concern rises over the ready availablity of high-calorie, high-fat fast food, especially in deprived areas, a new online tool allows councils and campaigners to find out the concentration of outlets by area.
The end of the school term has been marked by the disappointing double-loss of promised Government funding for health and wellbeing initiatives in schools. The Healthy Pupils Capital Fund budget has been cut by £315 million - ie. a 3/4 reduction. And the Government has confirmed it will no longer be going ahead with the offer of free breakfasts to all primary school children, as it had originally promised in its General Election manifesto.
The merger between two of the leading farming and food educational charities, LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) and FACE (Farming and Countryside Education), has been confirmed and will take effect from 30 June 2017.
Following on from the successful campaign to save universal infant frees school meals from being cut, Ben Reynolds explores how the food and farming movement could apply the learning from this to a wider vision for Better Food Britain in the wake of Brexit.
The absence of the propsed cut to Universal Infant Free School Meals from the Queen's Speech is being hailed as a victory by Sustain, Jamie Oliver, School Food Plan Alliance, other food campaigners, and parents.
Food campaigners are cautiously celebrating press reports that the Conservative election pledge to cut Universal Infant Free School Meals appears to have been dropped. Read more for Sustain's response
Sustain respond to the Conservative's pledge in their manifesto to end the provision of universal infant free school meals and offer free breakfasts to all primary school pupils instead.
The Real Bread Campaign has teamed up with Grow Your Own Playground to guide schoolchildren across the capital on a year-long journey from seed to sandwich.
More young Scots are set to learn to cook healthy meals, thanks to a Big Lottery grant to the Children's Food Trust, which will use the money to train cooking mentors and run after-school cookery clubs.
On 13 October, Capital Growth ran a School Marketplace at City Hall for schools from across the capital to sell delicious fruit, vegetables, preserves and other treats from their school gardens.
Are you concerned about the food available in your local schools, high street, leisure centres or care homes? London Food Link is campaigning to ensure your local authority makes changes for the better.
To help tackle food insecurity in the UK, the Sustainable Food Cities network invites you to join a national fun-and-food day to mark the global summit on nutrition taking place in Rio, the day before the start of the Olympic Games
From Maenclochog to Gorbals; Walthamstow to Korcula Island, passionate Real Bread Campaign supporters around the world are celebrating Real Bread Week (14-22 May) by doughing it for the kids.
Young marketeers to star as Real Food Revolutionaries
A coalition of organisations has launched Family Friendly London, challenging Mayoral candidates to commit to tackling child poverty.
Sales of high-caffeine non-alcoholic drinks to under-18s will be banned, and advertising restricted
WWF-UK has been working with mass caterer Sodexo to pilot a set of 10 'sustainable meals'.
New figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre show that 1 in 10 children starting primary school was obese, but that figure increased to 1 in 5 when they were weighed again in Year 6.
Capital Growth is challenging schools to grow and measure as much food as they can with an easy to use online tool called the Harvest-ometer.
The British Medical Association in Scotland is calling for all primary school children in Scotland to get a free portion of fruit or veg each day.
Sustain member School Food Matters have welcomed the news that David Cameron has publicly backed the Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) policy.
The Woodland Trust has 3,250 free tree packs to give away to schools, community and youth groups this autumn, with the closing date for applications being 6th January 2016.
Get ready for National School Meals Week 2015, running from the 2nd November to the 6th November.
WWF hope the competition will promote sustainable diets and schools growing their own food.
Stockport have become the latest large town in the UK to kick off their Sustainable Fish Cities campaign and have done so in style, with a pledge to serve only demonstrably sustainable fish from large local caterer Solutions SK.
A petition to protect the government's Universal Infant Free School Meals programme is gathering support.
Nearly 40,000 pupils will be offered sustainable fish as part of their school lunch thanks to the Sustainable Fish Cities pledge signed by education caterer Edwards and Ward.
The London Borough of Sutton has become the latest local authority to commit to 100% demonstrably sustainable fish for primary school meals.
Sustain member School Food Matters has announced four more schools will get Edible Playgrounds thanks to new funding.
Three London schools have won Capital Growth Summer Photo-competition thanks to brilliant pictures showing off their garden, as well as pupil and volunteer enthusiasm in growing food.
London's City Hall hosts ten schools for a marketplace full of school-grown produce, jams, fresh scones and plants for sale.
The European Parliament has approved plans to merge separate EU Member States free school milk, fruit and vegetable schemes.
London primary schools set to sell fruit and vegetables they've grown at Borough Market, raising money for food poverty charity FareShare.
Sustain member Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Adopt A School Trust held a glittering dinner to celebrate their 25th Anniversary and to raise money to help continue their work. Adopt a School sends chefs and hospitality professionals into schools to teach children about food, cookery, food growing, healthy eating, food hygiene and the importance of eating together. See also Sustain's work on school food.
The BBC have reported that schools are spending upwards of £43m to help families cope with the impact of austerity. A survey by National Association of Head Teachers revealed the growing pressure on schools to meet pupils' basic needs for adequate food and clothing. See Sustain's work on food poverty
The Nordicfood2024 conference is a series of workshops run by the Nordic Council of Ministers focusing on the future of Nordic food. One of the workshops looked at the potential for the six million plus public meals which are served in the Nordic region every day to contribute to a more sustainable and healthy food culture. The meeting called for more research into public meals in the region to encourage political support. Public meals, they said, should lead the way in healthy sustainable procurement and cooking. In addition the meeting called for flexible hospital meals to be available around the clock and for school meals to play their part in introducing children to a sustainable food culture. See also Sustain's work on hospital food and school food.
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