MPs to Dine on School Food at the House of Commons
To make the 25th anniversary of National School Meals Week (NSMW), MPs will be invited to a special event at the House of Commons’ Jubilee room to sample school catering, with a specially created menu to mark the occasion.
Run by LACA and sponsored by Kraft Heinz Foodservice, NSMW takes place on 12-16 November and hosts a range of activities to celebrate great school food.
The event at the House of Commons will be co-hosted by School Food APPG Chair, Member for Washington and Sunderland West and Shadow Minister for Health, Mrs Sharon Hodgson MP and School Food APPG Vice-Chair, Member for the City of Durham and Shadow Minister for Housing, Communities and Local Government Dr. Roberta Blackman-Woods MP.
In a joint statement Mrs Hodgson and Dr. Blackman-Woods, said: “We are delighted to once again support LACA and their NSMW along with the tremendous work that they do in promoting the many benefits of a healthy and nutritious school meal. The earlier we educate our children to start eating a balanced diet on a daily basis – a life lesson that we hope will stay with them through their adult lives – the better.
“School meals are prepared and cooked to the School Foods Standards that lay out clear guidelines on the levels of sugar, salt, harmful fats etc. that are permitted in education catering. In addition, a minimum of 30 per cent of a child’s daily nutrients have to be present in a two course school meal and really, can there be anything more important than making sure our children are well fed and nourished?”