Recipe for Change: A Good Practice Guide for Schools

Publication date: 2004 Format: Paperback, 96 pages Published by: Child Poverty Action Group

School meals play an important role in the fight against child poverty. Yet school meal provision has seriously declined over recent decades. There is no longer a universal service, the nutritional quality of the food served is often poor, and over 350,000 children a day fail to claim their free school meal.

There is a wealth of evidence illustrating bad practice in school meal provision. Even where good practice exists, there are few opportunities to share experience with other schools and local authorities. Recipe for Change: a good practice guide to school meals is the first book to bring together examples of individual initiatives from around the UK that have significantly improved the quality and take-up of school meals.

The book also includes an overview of the link between nutrition and child poverty, and developments in school meals policy and practice over the last 50 years. It makes key policy recommendations and includes many practical ideas that school meals providers can adapt for use in their own community.

Foreword by Stephen Twigg MP. Contributions from: NCH, the children’s charity; CPAG; the London Borough of Newham; South Gloucestershire Council; Kingston upon Hull City Council; Glasgow City Council; the Venerable Bede C of E Secondary School, Sunderland; CPAG in Scotland; Sustain, the alliance for better food and farming.

Published in association with the New Deal for Communities, Recipe for Change is a vital new resource for schools, colleges, local authorities, health workers, parents and anyone concerned with child poverty and the quality of our school meals service.

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