Jamie Oliver, who campaigned against unhealthy meals like the Turkey Twizzler, has congratulated Leon founders Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent on their School Food Plan:
Education Secretary Michael Gove highlighted £3.15 million as part of the School Food Plan will go towards installing breakfast clubs at schools, helping the thousands of children who arrive at school hungry.
Mr Gove said this ensures "school can be a nurturing place where they can get the nutrition they need in order to succeed":
John Vincent, co-author of the School Food Plan, has thanked the hundreds of people who "poured their hearts and knowledge" into the review:
http://t.co/ugga8269j4 to the hundreds of people who have poured their hearts and knowledge into this, thank you.
The co-authors of the School Food Plan, Leon founders Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent, have created this short film to explain what the initiative is about:
Yorkshire mum Sarah Mortimer writes: "This is an example of my son and daughter's packed lunch.
"We alternate white and brown bread, and sometimes swap the chocolate bar for crisps. They always have two of their 5-a-day in their lunchbox".
It comes as the Government-commissioned School Food Plan urges headteachers to ban packed lunches, claiming they are not as nutritious as school meals.
Send a picture of your child's packed lunch to firstname.lastname@example.org and join the debate on Facebook.
The Department for Education has vowed to spend £16.1 million over the next two years as part of the School Food Plan initiative.
This includes £11.8 million towards increasing the take-up of meals, and £3.15 million to ensure healthy breakfasts are available for thousands of children who arrive at school hungry.
Leon founder Henry Dimbleby, who co-authored the School Food Plan report, told Daybreak he hopes the plan will increase the take-up of school meals from 43% today to 70% in the future:
Mr Dimbleby and John Vincent have spent more than a year working with schools, councils, caterers, parents and the Government to put together the review.
A Government commissioned study into school meals has urged teachers to change the food culture in schools by:
- Lowering the price of school meals
- Encouraging teachers to eat with children
- Creating a stay-on-site rule for breaks and lunch time
- Having a cashless payment system to shorten queuing time
- Banning packed lunches
- Offering school cooking lessons for parents and children
A Government review into school food has found that packed lunches are nearly almost less nutritious than a cooked meal.
The School Food Plan, authored by the founders of the Leon restaurant chain, says schools need to do more to encourage take-up of school meals, and have recommended that head teachers lower prices.