Addressing food poverty in the school day

Many families in the UK today are unable to access or afford sufficient food to make up a healthy diet. Faced with a range of barriers, these families face a daily struggle against food poverty and hunger. Schools have an important role to play in ensuring that no child starts the day or spends any part of it distracted by hunger or poor nutrition.

All schools can use the Food for Life Schools Award framework to promote a good food culture within the school, supporting pupils from lower income households to eat better and learn better.

By building social capital and engaging local communities, schools can also contribute towards longer-term solutions, changing the landscape of food and poverty in their local area.

If ALL primary schools in England were FFL schools 100,000 more children would be eating at least some fruit and vegetables.

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