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Building back healthier and fairer - is it time for universal school meals?

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We will be presenting new ISER research funded by the Nuffield Foundation at the webinar on 29 June 2021, 3pm-4.30pm. In response to Covid-19, could an expansion to universal free school meals deliver a win-win for healthier food and food security for our children?

he webinar is organised by the Children’s Food Campaign, Sustainable Food Places, School Food Matters, Bite Back 2030, Food Foundation, Chefs in Schools, Soil Association Food for Life, Child Poverty Action Group, Food Power in partnership with the London Boroughs of Newham, Tower Hamlets, Southwark and Islington.

It is aimed at policy makers, school leaders, education bodies, children and young people’s organisations, local authorities, researchers, public sector caterers and all groups working on food insecurity and access to healthy food for children.

Chaired by Raksha Mistry, Soil Association Food for Life Programme Manager in Leicestershire and Sustain Trustee, you will also hear from:

  • Christina Adane, Co-Chair of Bite Back 2030’s youth board on young people’s own experience of free school meals
  • Reema Reid, Head teacher, Hollydale Primary School, London Borough of Southwark
  • Andy Gold, London Borough of Newham, on the benefits and challenges of their universal primary school meals service
  • Laura Meikle, Head of Support & Wellbeing Unit, Scottish Government on the new commitment to universal primary breakfast and lunch and 365 day a year support
  • Birgitta Rabe and Angus Holford, ISER, University of Essex, on their evaluation of the Universal Infant Free School Meal programme in England.

Register here via eventbrite