Food Standards

The new legislative standards for school lunches aim to provide children and young people with food choices that contain essential nutrients and replace those foods high in fat, salt and sugar.

There is more information about these standards on the School Food Trust web site.

The NHS Choices web site Living Well has loads of information for pupils and their families about food that’s good to eat; food hygiene and safety; and how what you eat has an impact on different life stages, from babies to grandparents.

As part of the Government School Food Standard to be made statutory from January 2015, the standards were revised to better guarantee that children receive a nutritionally sound lunch. The changes ensure that schools offer fruits and vegetables, whole-grain foods, low-fat dairy products and limit calories, saturated fat and sodium. As a parent, you can follow these same guidelines if you pack your child’s lunch.

The Benefits of Choosing a School Lunch

A healthy school lunch provides sound nutrition to establish a lifetime of healthy habits and the energy your child needs for the rest of his or her busy day.

It’s vital your child eats a healthy lunch, because lunch provides one-third of their daily calories. You want to make those calories count by offering nutrient-dense foods. Children who eat a healthy lunch have a higher nutrient intake not only for lunch but also for the entire day compared to children who don’t. Eating a well-balanced meal and keeping hydrated can also increase your child’s concentration levels.