Did you know …
Choosing a healthy school meal helps children and young people learn and gives them more energy – as well as important vitamins and minerals!
Since the launch of the Leeds School Meals Strategy in 2007, significant improvements have been made by catering providers and schools to ensure that our school meals meet the Government’s food and nutrient standards for energy and growth. Take-up of both paid and free school meals has increased, however there are still many children and young people who are missing out on a healthy school lunch.
The School Meals Team consulted with parents, pupils, teachers and partners; and undertook research to design and develop programmes, resources and toolkits to promote the importance of a healthy school lunch. These include the:
- School Food Ambassador programme which involves young people in raising awareness of the importance of healthy eating and improving the dining experience
- Packed Lunch policy which aims to encourage schools to achieve the same standards for packed lunches as they do for school meals
- Leeds Youth Council who support the Leeds School Meals Strategy and promote the policies and resources
Free School Meals campaign to change people’s behaviour and attitude to free school meals and encourage families to check whether they are entitled.
In Leeds we are committed to making sure our school lunches are tasty and healthy, as well as making lunchtime comfortable and fun for everyone.
If you are on benefits, your child may be entitled to free school meals, please see the related page below for more information on how to check if you are eligible.
Please see related pages below for more information about school meals.
For more information on government school food legislation go to the School Food Trust link opposite.
For more information on the Leeds school meal strategy use the contact us tab below: