December 2017

22/12/2017 07:12
The Fairtrade Foundation has called on the UK’s food and drink industry to get involved with its annual Fairtrade Fortnight campaign to raise awareness of Fairtrade products and its producers.

The two-week event will take place between 26 February and 11 March and will carry the slogan, ‘Come on in to Fairtrade’ encouraging businesses and the general public to ‘enter the world of farmers and producers’ in developing countries.

Brands are being encouraged to work with the...

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free school meals universal credit
21/12/2017 10:12
The Government is proposing to change the rules around who is eligible for free school meals in the future, but campaign groups such as The Children’s Society and School Food Matters fear it could mean more than a million children in poverty miss out.

Currently families receiving Universal Credit (UC) are eligible, but this will change once UC is rolled out.

Stephanie Wood, founder of School Food Matters, says: “Free school meals are worth around £400 per child per year and we know that many low income families struggle to find the...

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20/12/2017 09:12
The School Food Plan Alliance has urged members to respond to the Department for Education (DfE) regarding consultation of FSM under Universal Credit. Co-chairs Jeanette Orrey and Stephanie Wood addressed stakeholders as follows-

Dear SFPA members
Having met with colleagues at The Children’s Society and later with DfE regarding the consultation on eligibility of FSM under Universal Credit, we’re urging all members to respond to DfE by 11 January 2018.

We’re mindful that with such a...

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20/12/2017 07:12
The Soil Association has awarded East Sussex County Council’s primary school menu its Food for Life Served Here Gold Standard.

The menu, planned and designed by catering partner Chartwells, part of Compass Group UK & Ireland, was given the highest standard after meeting a required set of criteria.

Cllr Bob Standley (above), the council’s lead member for education and inclusion, special educational needs and...

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18/12/2017 09:12
LACA North West Region National School Meals Week bulletin.
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