In recent years the number of children eating school meals has been in decline with parents worried about nutrition.
But in our region numbers are up, and nowhere more than in Gateshead.
The council has published a map to show where the food comes from and the local produce being used.
Gateshead Council say its regional food map highlights high welfare standards as well as where ingredients for school meals are sourced.
The council serves lunch to 10,000 pupils every day.
It says its policy to use local suppliers whenever possible is boosting the regional economy.
Gateshead Council say their policy of using local food suppliers wherever possible for school meals is providing a boost to the local economy.
The council spend £1.8 million on raw ingredients each year.
They have published a map to show parents and children where their school meals come from.
Teachers, parents and cooks have been getting together on Tyneside to discuss the future of school dinners across the country.
The owner of the Leon restaurant chain in London is following in TV chef Jamie Oliver's footsteps and coming up with a new action plan.
The plan is being put together through events being held across the country - including one at a Newcastle school today.
Watch the full report from Derek Proud below.
Teachers, parents and cooks have been getting together on Tyneside to help shape the future of school food nationally.
Benfield School in Newcastle has hosted one of seven roadshows being held throughout the country to help improve school meals.
Restaurant owner Henry Dimbleby has been given the task of coming up with a new School Food Plan for the Government.
He told ITV News that he wants to get more children to eat school lunch.
Teachers, parents and school cooks from across Newcastle have been joining forces to help shape the future of school food in England.
Benfield School in Newcastle has hosted one of seven school food events taking place across the country to help create an action plan for children's diets.
The events follow the publication of a draft national curriculum which for the first time requires all secondary school children to learn about food and cookery.