OF OUR GOAL OF £1,300,000!
On Friday 12 July, the School Food Plan, which aims to tackle poor food standards in schools, was published. While school food has improved since Jamie brought the issue into the limelight in 2005 with his TV series, Jamie's School Dinners, the plan's findings show that a large proportion of pupils still rely on packed lunches which consist mainly of unhealthy food items. Jamie welcomes the plan but stresses that it needs to be acted upon to ensure any lasting change can be made:
"School food has come a long way since my original campaign, but more needs to be done to improve standards and teach kids about food. We can't underestimate the importance of investing in our children's health and productivity at school. Getting cooking on the curriculum until the age of 14 and encouraging kids to eat school food are big steps, and we really need to get behind school cooks and head teachers to improve school food. I know how much energy and passion has gone into this plan. Now it has to deliver on its promises and make sure no schools are left behind - and that responsibility sits with this government."