Pod Bites: Chefs in Schools on extending Free School Meals

Danielle Glavin, Head of Communications at Chefs in Schools on the result of a survey which found that a third of families can no longer afford hot school lunches


Food and children’s charities are calling on the Government to urgently expand eligibility for free school meals after new research found that a third of families can no longer afford hot school lunches. The polling of parents across England, carried out by Survation for Chefs in Schools also found that 41% were providing less nutritious packed lunches for children because of rising food prices.


The research also reveals:

● 56% of parents are struggling to make ends meet

● 58% feel the current Free School Meals system, where eligibility varies

depending on location and age, is unfair

● 83% of parents wanted eligibility expanded

● 62% said they would be more likely to vote for a party which promised to

expand free school meals


Click here for more information on the survey


Click here for the Food Foundation Manifesto


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