We hear the frustrations when parents call us up and ask what we can do to help them improve the food in their children’s school.

Our advice to parents is, get involved! Ask around, you may find other parents feel the same way. If you really want to make a difference, you’ll need to work with the school to help it change, so here are a few suggestions to get you started:

  • Get in touch with the head teacher or other teachers or governors and make your feelings known – be positive and offer your support.
  • Tell them about Food for Life and the benefits it can bring.  Direct them to the findings in our Good Food for All report which proves the link between improving the food culture and attainment and behaviour in schools.
  • Join your child for a school lunch and meet the school catering team, let them know that there are parents who care about the quality of school food and want to help.
  • Offer to help with setting up a school garden or growing area, or if you have time (and green fingers!), offer to set up and run a gardening club – or a cooking club if you’re a keen cook.
  • Find out if there are any other Food for Life schools in your area who might be willing to speak to the head teacher or govenors to share the benefits of the programme.

If your school does decide to join Food for Life your support will be invaluable. Get involved in the group that makes decisions around school food policy, support 'take home' initiatives such as recipe shares and seed growing or volunteer to help maintain the garden in the school holidays. There are lots of practical things you can do.

53% of parents learned more about cooking from scratch as a result of their child's involvement with FFL.

Parents support community garden

"My three children attend Park Academy, since the school has joined with FFL it has greatly impacted on the whole family! The children often bring home seeds to grow and nurture for the Community Garden. It gives them a great sense of pride to look after them and see the end results. Myself, the children’s grandmother and their great-grandfather have all helped in the Community Garden – planting, watering and weeding the produce.”  - Laura Spicer, Parent - Park Academy Boston