Universal Infant Free School Meals
2014 has seen some significant changes in the world of school food. One of these changes was implemented by the government, from September of the same year, every pupil in reception, year 1 and 2 would be eligible for free school meals.
Good food and good food culture has been shown to lead not only to healthier, happier and more fulfilled children, but to improved educational attainment. Evidence from those areas that already provide universal free school meals is that children eat more healthily and perform better academically. Schools in those areas have also reported improved behaviour and atmosphere as a result of all pupils eating together every day.
So far it seems that UIFSM has been largely well received – which is great news! At ISS Education, we have been supporting schools with the roll out of universal infant free school meals (UIFSM). We have been making sure our cooks are able to provide for the increased number of children choosing to have a school meal by providing new equipment, additional staff, reviewing the service delivery at the school and, in some cases, building completely new kitchens!
On the right, our team at Julian’s School in Lambeth on the first day of UIFSM. It was tough work, but the team did a fantastic job – well done!