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Growing number of schools failing to comply with food standards

Sustain member The Soil Association's State of the Nation report on children's food in England finds that 19% of kids in the UK are experiencing food insecurity and children are still drinking too many fizzy drinks.

School meals. Photo credit: School Food Matters

School meals. Photo credit: School Food Matters

The Soil Association's in-depth report covers children's experience of food from breastfeeding and infant foods, school meals, junk food advertising, eating out and sweetened drinks.

Key findings from the report:

Where has progress been made?

  • The Youth Climate Strike movement and Children's Future Food Inquiry saw children speaking out on food, health and the climate
  • Thousands of schools are serving healthy and sustainable school meals through Food for Life Served Here
  • In response to our Out to Lunch campaign, 13 restaurant chains committed to serving two portions of veg with every child's meal by June 2020

What still needs work?

  • 19% of children in the UK are experiencing food insecurity
  • A growing number of schools are failing to comply with school food standards
  • Children are still drinking too many soft drinks, including artificially sweetened drinks

Read the full report here.

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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