We look to the Children's Food Trust for advice and support with the food that we are providing for our children.
"Diet makes a difference to children’s health, their education, their enjoyment of the social side of eating and their skills to feed themselves well once they grow up and start living independently. Perhaps most importantly, it shapes the messages about food which they’ll pass on to their own children in future." (Children's Food Trust website).
The school food standards changed in January 2015.
The text and images below are from the Children's Food Trust website.
Thank you for your support in our aim to ensure that your children eat healthily.
School food standards
Starchy foods at lunchtime
These standards for starchy foods help to make sure school food is varied and includes the right amount of energy, carbohydrate and fibre, whilst limiting the amount of fat.
Fruit and vegetables at lunchtime
These standards emphasise the importance of providing a variety of vegetables and fruit that will boost the fibre, folate, vitamin A and vitamin C content of school lunches. They also aim to increase the amount of vegetables in school food by ensuring vegetables are available alongside the main dish, as well as sometimes within it.
Meat, fish, eggs, beans and non-dairy sources of protein
These standards for meat, fish, eggs, beans and other non-dairy sources of protein help to increase the variety of different foods offered in schools and ensure school food provides enough protein, iron and zinc. The standards for meat products are designed to control the amount of fat, saturated fat and salt in school food, keeping it within recommended levels.
Milk and dairy
These standards help to make sure school food provides the right amount of protein, calcium and zinc. They also address the issue of pupils not drinking enough milk, especially at Secondary School.
Foods high in fat, sugar and salt
These standards are designed to limit the amount of fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt in school food.