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Supporting delivery of universal FSMs

School food
Media attention may have died down since September, but the challenge of delivering universal free school meals to all of key stage 1 continues. Jeremy Boardman of the Children’s Food Trust discusses the practical support available to improve your meals s

Since early September, 1.5 million infant pupils in around 16,000 schools have had the opportunity to sit down every lunchtime to a free school meal (FSM).

As an organisation which has long campaigned for the right of children to eat better we think this development has ushered in an exciting new era in school food. Yes, there have been bumps in the road – that is to be expected when you consider the sheer scale of the endeavour – but what we are seeing is an overwhelming enthusiasm and determination from schools to make this work.

And it is working. From what we are hearing from the thousands of infant and primary schools we support, demand for these meals is soaring.

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