Jamie reacts to School dinners report

Jamie has reacted positively to the publication of the latest report on the state of school dinners.

Jamie, who has been tirelessly campaigning for nine years to improve school dinners and to help parents and children understand healthier food, said today (Friday) that the report needs to be acted upon if it is to make a difference.

The Government commissioned the founders of the Leon restaurant chain, Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent, to create the report that has highlighted the low take-up of the dinners (43 per cent) despite an improvement in quality. The report has also called for head teachers to consider banning packed lunches, which in many cases hide a multitude of unhealthy foods.

Jamie said earlier: “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.”

He continued: “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.”

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