07 December 2023
School students campaign for better school meals in Parliament
A Better Deal for Free School Meals
We staged an event in Parliament where secondary school students presented findings from a unique project about Free School Meals involving their own research.
Forty-two youngsters, aged between 13 and 16, launched a report detailing their experiences of the school food environment to a room full of MPs, Peers, civil servants from the Department for Education, campaigners, academics, and civil society organisations.
The students, from seven schools across Yorkshire, had set out to investigate whether the Free School Meals allowance enables them to access, healthy and sustainable food.
It led to the publication of the A Better Deal for Free School Meals report, which the students researched and wrote in collaboration with school staff and supported by The Food Foundation and University of York.
A number of students wrote poems highlighting their experiences to accompany the report and shared these with the audience during the event, which we have published as a booklet.