The Great Roast Dinner celebration has been launched today aiming to encourage more pupils to eat a healthy school dinner.
The celebration, led by the Soil Association’s Food for Life programme and Knorr Gravy, will put great school food in the spotlight through a series of Roast Dinner themed events taking place throughout the academic year.
Schools will be encouraged to invite parents and other family members through the gates to share a delicious and healthy lunch with their children, so they can see just how great school food can be, inspiring them to select school dinners as the regular lunchtime choice for their kids.
Schools and caterers can register to join the free celebration at www.greatroastdinner.co.uk
James Cashmore, Director of Food for Life said: “It has never been more important for us to make healthy eating easy and normal for children and despite the fact that only one per cent of packed lunches meet the nutritional standards that currently apply to school food, 57 per cent of pupils are not eating school lunches at all.
“It is far easier for children to get the nutrients they need to stay healthy from a cooked school meal, which is why we are putting great school food in the spotlight with the Great Roast Dinner celebration.
“The celebration will give pupils and their families the chance to see just how enjoyable and easy it can be to eat a healthy meal at school and we hope it will inspire them to opt for school meals and take that first step towards a healthier and happier lifestyle.”
Sarah Branagan, Marketing Director, Unilever Food Solutions said:
Roast dinners are the highlight of most weekly school menus and the perfect way to showcase and indeed surprise parents of the quality of school food.
“With over half of gravy sold to schools being Knorr Gravy, we are thrilled to be working with Food for Life on the Great Roast Dinner celebration to help schools raise the profile of their meals and encourage more children to choose healthy school dinners. We look forward to hearing all the success stories!”
Food for Life works with schools across the UK, supporting them to deliver a programme of food education that has a positive impact on pupils and the wider community. All pupils at Food for Life schools have the opportunity to grow their own food, and pupils in Food for Life schools are twice as likely to eat five a day and a third less likely to eat no fruit or vegetables than pupils in comparison schools. The Great Roast Dinner celebration aims to build on this work, creating a generation of children who see eating fresh, healthy and nutritious food as the norm.