School meal take-up rises for third year running

Posted By Martin Jones

24 July 2015 - 13:15pm

School meal take-up has increased for a third year in a row, according to new figures published in July.

The Local Authority Caterers Association (LACA) and the School Food Trust (SFT) found the biggest increase in numbers in primary schools, with 44.1% of children opting for the school canteen over packed lunches – up from 41.4% last year.

Secondary schools also saw numbers rise. The 2010-11 year saw take-up of 37.6% against a figure of 35.8% for the previous year.

Two-thirds of councils that took part in the survey (65%) indicated that their catering services would continue to receive School Lunch Grant funding, with fewer than one in five indicating otherwise.

The average meal price across all schools was £1.93, a rise of 5p – less than 3% and below the current rate of food inflation – on the previous year.

Sandra Russell, LACA chair, said: “We are pleased to see an increase in both primary and secondary school meal numbers, particularly at a time when parents are having to watch every penny.

Key findings of the survey

● Around 173,000 more children had healthy school meals last year, compared with around 100,000 extra children in 2009-10
● More than three million children now eat a school meal every day
● The equivalent of almost 590 million healthy school lunches were served up last year
● The number of children taking both paid-for and free school meals in the 2010-11 year increased
● Figures in primary schools have now notched up a rise of almost 5 percentage points over just three years, compensating for the fall in take up seen after Jamie Oliver’s original campaign.

SOURCE: http://www.caterersearch.com/Articles/2011/07/07/339242/School-meal-take-up-rises-for-third-year-running.htm

Subscribe VIA Email
Javascript Disabled

You have Javascript disabled in your browser settings. This website requires Javascript to improve your experience.

Enable Javascript

Outdated Browser

Please upgrade your browser to the latest version or download a different browser to improve your experience.

Download / Upgrade Browser