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LACA welcomes publication of National Food Strategy

15 Jul 2021
LACA, the school food people, has welcomed Henry Dimbleby’s National Food Strategy particularly the call for an increase in free school meals eligibility.

The National Food Strategy made 14 recommendations including introducing a sugar and salt reformulation tax, extending eligibility of free school meals, expanding the healthy start scheme and investing £1Bn in innovation to create a better food system.

Commenting on the National Food Strategy Report, published today (15 July 2021), LACA said the following: “LACA welcome that the National Food Strategy shines a spotlight on the increasing number of children who are suffering from food inequality and we wholeheartedly support the recommendation on extending free school meals.

“We have long supported a whole school approach to food- with the dining hall as the hub of the school where children and teachers eat together- and we are pleased that the report recognises this.

“We agree that there should be additional funding to train school chefs and that their hard work should be better recognised. LACA have always championed the quality and service of our school chefs and we will continue to do so.”